SEMI Establishes Global Photovoltaic Initiative

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SEMI Establishes Global Photovoltaic Initiative

SEMI PV Group to Help Reduce Production Costs and Speed Commercialization of PV Technologies

SAN JOSE, Calif. – January 28, 2008 – SEMI today announced details of the association’s global photovoltaic (PV) initiatives, including the formation of the SEMI PV Group ( to enhance member support in this critically important and high growth area. With technologies and industry structure similar to the semiconductor industry—and with 20% of SEMI members currently active in PV, including the industry’s largest equipment and materials suppliers--SEMI is uniquely positioned to support the PV industry growth through reduced costs, efficient technology transfer, global market development, industry standards, market statistics, and other service.

While recent estimates project the global photovoltaic (PV) market to grow from US$13 billion today to over $40 billion in 2012, the PV industry is dependent upon continued technological development, cost reduction, responsible public policies, and industry collaboration for continued long term growth. Given the significant growth opportunities for SEMI members, and enormous societal benefits to rapid adoption of solar energy, SEMI has been rapidly escalating services to members in the PV industry for several years. To expand these services, the SEMI PV Group was conceived by leaders in photovoltaic manufacturing to address the opportunities and obstacles to bringing low-cost PV technology and sustainable, clean energy to the world. As the only global industry group focused on PV materials, equipment, and manufacturing, SEMI believes it can play a critical role in the cost reduction and rapid expansion of solar energy.

The SEMI PV Group is comprised of SEMI members active in PV, SEMI PV Advisory Committees, and dedicated staff resources in Europe, North America, Korea, Taiwan, Japan, Singapore, and China. Currently, SEMI organizes a range of PV-related events including PV-focused technical events at executive and technical conferences such the Industry Strategy Symposiums (ISS), all SEMICON expositions in Europe, Asia, and North America, PV Fab Managers Forums, and executive forums and roundtables held throughout the world. Additional SEMI services and activities in the PV area include market research and statistics programs, support for public policy initiatives through direct advocacy and coordination with other information groups, Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS) regulatory support, serving as information clearinghouse for PV manufacturing news and information, and facilitating international industry standards that reduce costs and expand business opportunities for SEMI members.

The SEMI PV Group is currently working with a diverse set of industry associations to achieve its member goals including the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA), the Japan Photovoltaic Energy Association (JPEA), the Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA), as well as many others.

For more information on the SEMI PV Group, visit

About SEMI

SEMI is the global industry association serving the manufacturing supply chains for the microelectronic, display and photovoltaic industries. SEMI member companies are the engine of the future, enabling smarter, faster and more economical products that improve our lives. Since 1970, SEMI has been committed to helping members grow more profitably, create new markets and meet common industry challenges. SEMI maintains offices in Austin, Beijing, Brussels, Hsinchu, Moscow, San Jose, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo, and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit

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