SEMI Launches New SOLARCON Brand with Events in Korea, China, and Singapore


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SEMI Launches New SOLARCON Brand with 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 photovoltaic manufacturing market, the events will run in conjunction with regional SEMICON expositions. The first in the series of new events is set to launch in conjunction with SEMICON Korea, January 20-22, 2009. Additional SOLARCON events announced include SOLARCON China, March 17–19, and SOLARCON Singapore May 20–22.

In co-locating with SEMICONs, the SOLARCON platform leverages builds onto the existing visitor and show infrastructure, allowing exhibiting companies serving the photovoltaic and microelectronics markets to reach both communities without needing multiple exhibits in multiple events. The co-location strategy also continues SEMI's commitment to grow existing shows and partnerships while reducing the proliferation of new stand-alone events.

The introduction of SOLARCON addresses the expanding market for and rising interest in photovoltaic manufacturing technology, and in recent years, PV has been a fast-growing segment of SEMICON events around the world as PV buyers have flocked to SEMI events to see the leading suppliers and a broad range of process, automation, materials, quality control, and other technologies that serve both industries.

As the PV industry grows, the unique needs of the PV community at SEMICON events merits a dedicated exposition supported by exclusive programs, audience recruitment, networking events, promotional opportunities, and other features. Current SEMICON exhibitors who serve both the microelectronics and PV industries will especially benefit from the expanded reach and buying power of the co-located events.

"The introduction of SOLARCON will allow SEMI to address issues, showcase technologies, and develop programs focused on photovoltaic manufacturing in a forum specifically dedicated to the needs of the PV industry," said Stanley Myers, president and CEO of SEMI. "We are excited to expand our service to this important growing market and to foster new opportunities for the solar community."

The SOLARCON events in Korea, China, and Singapore join other SEMI and PV Group-sponsored and supported PV events including PV Japan, Intersolar (Munich), and Intersolar North America, the latter co-located with SEMICON West in San Francisco.

For more information on PV events, please visit www.pvgroup.org.