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SEMI ANNOUNCES RESULTS FROM FIRST-EVER GLOBAL FPD PARTNERS CONFERENCE

Strong Attendance at Inaugural Summit Further Underscores Need for Industry Collaboration to Advance Burgeoning FPD Industry

TOKYO, Japan, March 02, 2005—SEMI today stated that its recently-concluded inaugural Global Flat Panel Display Partners Conference (GFPC) revealed extremely promising progress for promoting cooperation among executives within the FPD industry. About 160 CEOs, presidents and senior-level executives from more than 10 countries convened February 27-March 2 in Nago City (Okinawa, Japan) at the exclusive FPD gathering to discuss the hurdles associated with the business, manufacturing and technologies of the display space; FPD forecast and outlook, as well as leverage networking opportunities for information exchange and collaboration.

This GFPC was strongly supported by Okinawa government whose governor, Mr. Keiichi Inamine, gave a welcome address at the opening reception and prized the ever increasing important role of FPD industry.

"Industry participants were extremely pleased with the success of our first-ever GFPC," noted Dennosuke Uchida, president of SEMI Japan. “This summit was designed to help further strengthen the innovation power of the global FPD industry as a whole. Both the caliber and the number of the attendees demonstrates strong interest among today’s players in joining a cooperative dialogue to address the hurdles and challenges facing this sector—and take the industry to new heights."

Conference Highlights
The GPFC featured an impressive line-up of keynote addresses from China, Europe, Korea, Japan, Taiwan and the U.S., including Samsung Electronics, Sharp, SVA Group, National Semiconductor, the Taiwan TFT-LCD Association, Morgan Stanley Japan and NEC.

In his keynote address, Jun H. Souk, Samsung Electronics’ executive vice president, discussed how to manage the liquid crystal display (LCD) cycle, highlighting the FPD industry’s need to adapt to the ever-changing cyclicality of the LCD space, as well as develop new equipment and processes for next-generation manufacturing to ensure continued success and growth.

Shigeo Nakabu, corporate senior executive of Sharp’s LCD business also delivered a keynote address on his visions of the LCD market. Nakabu discussed the new and growing markets for LCDs, as well as the need for larger, higher performance LCDs at affordable price points in order to compete with other display technologies for TV applications.

At the last keynote speech, Hajime Sasaki, chairman of the board, NEC, made an impressive presentation about global importance of EHS, and presented critical issues we are facing and pursuing to resolve.

The GFPC also held several panel sessions on outlooks and forecasts on the future of the PC monitor, mobile displays and FPD TV sectors, as well an executive roundtable that discussed new display technologies and applications, as well as a FPD industry forecast for the next decade.

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 www.semi.org.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Shigeko Tatsuma/SEMI Japan
Tel: 81.3.3222.6020
E-mail: jpress@semi.org

Jonathan Davis/SEMI
Tel: 1.408.943.6937
E-mail: jdavis@semi.org