November 2008

In This Issue

Japan: Semiconductor Material Spending to Outshine Spending in Equipment

2009 Capex for Fabs Equipping to Drop 15% to 20%

Sathya Prasad Named President of SEMI India

SEMI Outlines Vision for the Global PV Industry

Standards and Sustainability

How to Increase European Competitiveness: SEMI White Paper Highlights

Industry Leaders Support SOLARCON Korea

Korea Members Meet to Learn and Plan

New SOLARCON Brand Launched with New Events

New Export Controls Announced: Is your Company in Compliance?

SEMI Forms U.S. PV Public Policy Working Group


From the SEMI® Europe President

Heinz Kundert, President, SEMI EuropeA Vision for European Competitiveness— and the Global PV Industry


In October, SEMI released two critical White Papers— each with the potential to have major impact on Europe.

SEMI Europe announced its White Paper entitled "Six Recommendations to the EU and National Governments to Increase Europe's Microelectronic Industry Competitiveness." The paper comes in the wake of SEMI member concerns that a further decline of the mainstream microelectronics manufacturing base will have a negative impact on Europe's overall competitiveness. To increase Europe's competitiveness, six recommendations are detailed.

In addition, the SEMI PV Group announced the publication of a White Paper that details a strong future vision for the PV industry. "The Perfect Industry: The Race to Excellence in PV Manufacturing," describes the ideal characteristics for the high-growth PV industry and how SEMI policies and initiatives can help achieve them. The attributes of the perfect industry are examined in terms of what the industry needs to do to achieve the greatest impact.

Please take the time to review these important reports. As always, I am interested in your feedback.

Heinz Kundert
www.semi.org/europe


This issue is sponsored by:

Japan: Semiconductor Material Spending to Outshine Spending in Equipment
By Dan Tracy et al, SEMI Industry Research and Statistics
The current state of the economy has cast a dark cloud. While 2007 was a growth year for the Japan semiconductor equipment market with spending totaling $9.3 billion, that's expected to go down to $7.7B in 2008.

2009 Capex for Fabs Equipping May Drop 15% to 20%
By Christian Gregor Dieseldorff, SEMI Industry Research and Statistics
Significant changes and events in the world's economy have taken place since late summer. To survive this challenging period, companies are making severe cuts at all levels.

Sathya Prasad Named President of SEMI India
New Regional Office Created to Address Growing PV Opportunities in Region
As the first regional president of SEMI India, Sathya Prasad will oversee the region's development— and support member interest in India's burgeoning microelectronic and PV manufacturing supply chains.

Download the SEMI White Paper
"6 Recommendations to the European Union and National Governments to Increase Europe's Microelectronic Industry Competitiveness."


SEMI Outlines Vision for the Global PV Industry
On October 13, the SEMI PV Group announced the publication of a White Paper, "The Perfect Industry— The Race to Excellence in PV Manufacturing." It describes the ideal industry characteristics for the high-growth PV industry and describes how SEMI can help achieve them.

Standards and Sustainability
By James Amano, SEMI International Standards
General trend towards costlier energy, as well as environmental concerns, has motivated many of us to modify our lifestyles to be more sustainable, both economically and environmentally.

How to Increase European Competitiveness: SEMI White Paper Highlights
Some SEMI members are concerned that a further decline of the mainstream microelectronics manufacturing base will have a negative impact on Europe's overall competitiveness. In response, SEMI announced a new White Paper with six concrete recommendations.

ISS Europe 2009
Registration Open. CEO Keynotes include: Peter Bauer, Alain Dutheil, Hans-Juergen Straub...


Industry Leaders Support SOLARCON Korea
Top Exhibitors and Industry Groups Participate in First Annual Event
Momentum is building for the inaugural SOLARCON Korea 2009 (January 20-22). Industry leaders in PV manufacturing and the solar energy business are signing on with exhibits, sponsorships and technical programs.

Korea Members Meet to Learn and Plan
Over 100 individuals from 88 companies attended the 2008 Korea SEMI Members Day on September 24 at the COEX Convention Center in Seoul, Korea.

New SOLARCON Brand Launched: Events in Korea, China, and Singapore
This past month, SEMI and PV Group announced the launch of the SOLARCON series of trade events. Dedicated to serving the rapidly growing PV manufacturing market, these events will run in conjunction with regional SEMICON expositions.

9th Forum Solarpraxis
Register using promotional code "SEMI-FSPX" to pay 645 instead of 745.


New Export Controls Announced: Is your Company in Compliance?
Many countries recently have expanded export controls by making additional products subject to export licensing requirements. Is your company in compliance with the new export licensing rules?

SEMI Forms U.S. PV Public Policy Working Group
Working in solar and interested in getting involved in Washington? SEMI recently created a new working group to address public policy issues related to solar energy in the United States.


Calendar of Events


Europe
SEMI HTU, Austria
19-20 November

9th Forum Solarpraxis
20-21 November

European Nanoelectronics Forum 2008
2-3 December

SEMI Brussels Forum(by invitation only)
9-10 December

ISS Europe
1-3 February 2009

Photovoltaic Fab Managers Forum
8-10 March 2009

IEEE/SEMI Advanced Semiconductor Manufacturing Conference
10-12 May 2009

SEMI Standards Spring Event
13-14 May 2009

Intersolar
27-29 May 2009

SEMICON Russia
2-4 June 2009

S2K
3-4 June 2009

IMEC ARRM
3-4 June 2009

SEMI Member Forum
12 June 2009

Call for Nomination
European SEMI Award
Due: 16 January 2009


Asia
ISS Zhuhai 2008
November 20-22

SEMICON Japan 2008
December 3-5

SEMICON Korea 2009
January 20-22

SOLARCON Korea 2009
January 20-22

North America
Combating Aggressive Supply Chain Management
November 7


Flexible, Printed Photovoltaics Workshop
November 18


Introduction to IC Design and Fabrication
December 3


ISS US 2009
January 11-14


SMC 2009
January 14-16


    


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