SEMI Unveils Formal Agenda for Global FPD Partners Conference

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FPD Industry’s Best and Brightest to Gather at World’s Premiere FPD Summit

TOKYO, Japan, February 2, 2005—SEMI today revealed the agenda for its upcoming Global Flat Panel Display Partners Conference (GFPC), to be held February 27 to March 2, 2005 in Nago City (Okinawa, Japan). Attended by company CEOs, presidents and senior-level executives, the GFPC is the world’s largest flat panel display (FPD) gathering of its kind, and aims to provide invaluable networking opportunities for information exchange and cooperation among executives within the FPD industry.

“Business growth and success is built on strong partnerships. The Global FPD Partners Conference brings together the key participants in the display manufacturing industry and encourages the development of these partnerships across industries and oceans,” noted Bruce Berkoff, executive vice president of marketing for LG.Philips LCD.


The GFPC will also include an impressive line-up of keynote addresses from all over the world, including:

- Japan Keynote: Shigeo Nakabu, senior managing director and group general manager, Sharp’s LCD Business, AVC Liquid Crystal Display Group
- China Keynote: Government officials from China’s Ministry of Information Industry and Xu JianGuo, deputy secretary general, Shanghai Municipal
- Korea Keynote: H. Souk, executive vice president, LCD R&D Center, Samsung Electronics’ LCD Business
- U.S. Keynote: Jean-Louis Bories, senior vice president of displays, National Semiconductor
- Taiwan Keynote: Shang-Wen Chang, president, Taiwan TFT-LCD Association
- European Keynote: A top executive from one of the major applications companies in Europe (invited)
- Economics Keynote: Robert Alan Feldman, managing director and chief economist, Morgan Stanley Japan
- Environment, Health and Safety Keynote: Hajime Sasaki, chairman of the board, NEC

Stan Shih, Acer Group’s chairman emeritus, stated, “The Global FPD Partners Conference provides our industry with a forum for the exchange of ideas, sharing of perspectives and growth of knowledge that helps grow our business opportunities and expand our industry globally.”


“The PC/Monitor in 2010” Moderated by Shigeo Mikoshiba, professor, Department of Electronic Engineering, The University of Electro-Communications
This panel session will provide executive views on the requirements and hurdles for next-generation PC and monitor displays, and what it will take for this market to remain stable. Panelists include: Wei Chen, director, displays engineering, Apple; Shuji Taniho, director executive managing officer, Eizo Nanao; Toru Katayama, senior vice president, NEC; Jun H. Souk, executive vice president, LCD R&D Center, LCD Business, Samsung Electronics and Jacob Lin, chairman of the FPD Industrial Forum, Taiwan.

“The ‘Mobile’ in 2010Moderated by Shinji Terada, vice president, Strategic Technology Planning Department, CYBIRD
The future technical development of mobile devices, as well as the challenges associated with developing the display market for these products, will be highlighted during this panel session by panelists including: Rob Akins, director, Display Design Center, Personal Communication Sector, Motorola; Norihito Tokuhiro, director, Product Department, NTT DoCoMo; Iikka Hyytiainen, senior technology manager, New Display Technologies, Product Technologies, Audio-Visual Entity, Technology Platforms, Nokia; Moo Taek Chung, managing director, System LSI Division, Samsung Electronics; Teruo Tabata, president, Sanyo Epson Imaging Devices; and Toshio Yanagisawa, managing officer, chief customer solutions officer, Toshiba Matsushita Display Technology.

“The Flat Panel TV in 2010” Moderated by Koichi Nishioka, columnist and editorial writer, Nihon Keizai Shimbun (Nikkei)
As the FPD TV market continues to grow at rapid rates and FPD manufacturers continue to enhance the quality of FPD TVs, it is hard to predict the potential of tomorrow’s FPD TVs. The following panelists will provide their thoughts and forecasts for this burgeoning market: Stan Shih, chairman emeritus, The Acer Group; Kenji Katsumata, senior manager, Visual Display Operation, Digital Media Division, Hitachi; Kazuo Takenaka, director general, Corporate Planning Bureau (Digital Broadcast Development), Japan Broadcasting (NHK); Bruce Berkoff, executive vice president of marketing, LG.Philips LCD; and Ho Kyoon Chung, vice president, Samsung SDI.

“The Global FPD Partners Conference provides a unique opportunity for executives from both the supplier and the panel—making communities come together and address global key issues affecting our industry,” stated Terry Higashi, chairman and CEO of Tokyo Electron, Ltd.

Executive Roundtable

The executive roundtable will consist of group table discussions, which will feature open, frank and friendly discussions and dialogues on one of the three subjects including, new display technologies, new applications and an FPD industry forecast for the next decade. Roundtable participants include all attendees joined by all the available speakers, moderators and panelists.

The GFPC will also include remarks from Keiichi Inamine, the governor of the Okinawa Prefecture, and Terry Higashi, Tokyo Electron’s chairman and CEO.

The GFPC is co-sponsored by Nikkei BP, as well as the world’s leading FPD technology-related consortia including the Semiconductor Equipment Association of Japan (SEAJ), the Taiwan TFT-LCD Association (TTLA) and the U.S. Display Consortium (USDC). It is also supported by the Okinawa Prefecture.

The GFPC 2005 will be held at the Bankoku Shinryokan convention facilities (the venue of the 2000 G8 Summit) in Nago City from February 27 to March 2. To register for the conference or view the detailed conference agenda, please visit

SEMI is a global industry association serving companies that develop and provide manufacturing technology and materials to the global semiconductor, flat panel display, MEMS and related microelectronics industries. SEMI maintains offices in Austin, Beijing, Brussels, Hsinchu, Moscow, San Jose (Calif.), Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit


Shigeko Tatsuma/SEMI Japan
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Jonathan Davis/SEMI
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