Executive Summit on the Future of the European

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Executive Summit on the Future of the European Semiconductor Industry

An executive summit, entitled "Enforcing Competitiveness of the European Semiconductor Industry" has been added to the exciting schedule of events for SEMICON Europa. The summit--scheduled from 10:00-11:00 on Tuesday October, 9 at the International Congress Center (ICS), New Stuttgart Trade Fair Centre—will address the critical challenges and opportunities for microelectronics manufacturing in the region.

The speakers at this special event will explore the challenges facing the microelectronics industry in Europe and examine the opportunities that companies and governments in Europe should pursue to strengthen high-tech industry in the region. Topics include Europe's growing strength and expansion in photovoltaic and how European equipment and materials companies can leverage their leadership position to further build its competitive position in PV and other emerging markets.

Speakers include:

Wolfgang Ziebart, CEO, Infineon Technologies

Peter Woditsch, CEO, Deutsche Solar

Bernd Haeuser, Vice President, Bosch

André-Jacques Auberton-Hervé, CEO, Soitec

Papken der Torossian, Executive Chairman, Vistec

Europe remains a large, diverse and growing market. Spending for semiconductor equipment is forecasted to reach 3.8 billion in 2007, rising to US$3.52 billion in 2008 (SEMI Consensus Forecast). The wafer fab materials market is expected to reach US$3.01 billion, up 9% from 2006.

In terms of diversity, Europe is home to more than 278 production and R&D fabs that manufacture a diverse range of integrated circuits (ICs), MEMS, power devices, compound semiconductors and innovative packages. It accounts for an estimated 12 percent of global IC fab capacity and about 30 percent of the world production for power devices.

According to the January European Microelectronics Market Study, Europe accounts for 16% of MEMS worldwide sales and Germany has the highest number of MEMS fabs. The five-year CAGR forecast for MEMS equipment is 9%.

PV is another strong growth opportunity for European equipment and materials manufacturers. It is estimated that the global solar photovoltaic market in excess of $7 billion, will grow to over $16 billion in 2012. SEMI has identified close to 200 companies globally that produce manufacturing equipment for the PV market and almost 100 of those companies are headquartered in Europe, with many semiconductor suppliers diversifying into photovoltaics.

How Europe leverages their strong R&D infrastructure and current position in important industry segments—and how European companies can benefit from the macro trends impacting the industry--will be discussed at the summit.

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