SEOUL, Feb. 14 (Yonhap) -- South Korea had the world's second-largest wafer capacity in 2018, slightly behind Taiwan, industry researcher IC Insights said Thursday.
South Korea's 200 mm wafer fabrication capacity accounted for 21.3 percent of the global market last year, mostly led by the nation's top two players -- Samsung Electronics Co. and SK hynix Inc.
Taiwan ranked at the top with 21.8 percent of global capacity. TSMC, the world's leading foundry manufacturer, made up 67 percent of the nation's capacity.
Japan remained in third place with 16.8 percent and North America came next with 12.8 percent of global wafer capacity
China was in the fifth spot with a 12.5 percent market share, marking the sharpest increase in terms of wafer capacity last year, IC Insights said.
A wafer is a thin slice of semiconductor material, which serves as the substrate for microelectronic devices.