SEMI to hold Industry Strategy Symposium 2006 on 12-14 February in Amsterdam

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BRUSSELS, February 1, 2006 – “Europe: Creating Value in the Changing Electronics Lifecycle,” is the theme of the 19th European Strategy Symposium (ISS Europe), which will be held at the Hotel Krasnapolsky in Amsterdam (The Netherlands) on 12 - 14 February 2006.

‘Europe’s strength lies in R & D and innovation, therefore, developing strong partnerships between industries and governments is critical,” said Heinz Kundert, president of SEMI Europe. “Europe is not as compact as other continents are and differences in language and national markets make collaboration a bigger challenge. Gathering at ISS Europe executives, analysts, consortia and government officials from Europe and abroad certainly contributes to make Europe a leading region”.

‘The success of the knowledge economy will be measured by the real innovation and business it has produced. Nanotechnology is the next wave on which Europe should rally together – because we have all the know-how it takes. We need to invest in the R&D now and build our own future together. That’s where European industry, policy makers and Academia alike should focus their efforts and actions’, said Theo Claasen, executive vice president Strategy and Business Development, Philips Semiconductors, who will deliver this year’s ISS Europe keynote speech.

Challenges and opportunities for partnering in Europe will be discussed at a panel with Theo Claasen, executive vice president, Philips Semiconductors, Denis Griot, senior vice president, Freescale, Philippe Magarshack, vice president, STMicroelectronics, Bernard Barbier, director, LETI, Rosalie Zobel, director, Components and Systems, European Commission and Ron Leckie, president, Infrastructure Advisors.

Presentations from companies such as ASML, KLA-Tencor, AMKOR Technology, Philips, Infineon Technologies, Intel, STMicroelectronics, and from R&D institutes and consortia including IMEC, LETI, Medea+, the University of Eindhoven and from the European Commission, will highlight business strategies, technology trends and market perspectives.

In addition, Jeremy Riffkin, president of the Foundation of Economic Trends, will present “Euro Dream: A new vision for a globally connected world.”

The final session on Tuesday, February 14, will be dedicated to industry forecasts.

For additional information, or to register for the conference, please visit or contact Johanna Turpeinen of SEMI Europe at +32 2 289 64 96, or by e-mail at

SEMI is a global industry association serving companies that provide equipment, materials and services used to manufacture semiconductors, displays, nano-scaled structures, micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) and related technologies. SEMI maintains offices in Austin, Beijing, Brussels, Hsinchu, Moscow, San Jose (California), Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit


Vincent Dubois/SEMI Europe
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Scott Smith/SEMI US
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