Taiwan PV Leaders Form SEMI Taiwan PV Committee

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Group Aims to Advance Industry Growth and Profitability

Hsinchu, Taiwan – February 4, 2008 – In coordination with SEMI, major PV industry leaders in Taiwan have formed the “SEMI Taiwan PV Committee,” and held the first meeting on January 17. Dr. Chin-Yao Tsai, general manager of E-TON was appointed as the chairman to lead committee operations. Comprised of major Taiwan PV cell and module makers, equipment and materials providers and research institutes, the “SEMI Taiwan PV Committee” will leverage the association’s global PV expertise and resources, and work closely with the SEMI Standards Committees in Europe and North America to advise on industry hot issues, and further advance the growth of the Taiwan PV industry.

During a business forum titled “SEMI 2008 Global PV Industry Outlook,” which attracted over 350 attendees, ITRI, a governmental industry research institute pointed out that the Taiwan PV industry generated over US$ 15.6 billion in revenue in 2007, and is now the world’s fourth largest region in PV sales volume. With more than 76 market players in Taiwan PV supply chain, the future for PV in Taiwan is bright but still faces challenges in global competition.

As the only global industry association in Taiwan equipped with experts in international PV industry standards, SEMI aggressively unites Taiwan major PV manufacturers and suppliers, and serves a broad platform for facilitating PV standardization activities, developing technical and business programs and helping local PV players market globally. Members of the “SEMI Taiwan PV Committee” include executives from Applied Materials, Chroma, DelSolar, Edwards Limited, E-TON, GPM, Gintech, Green Energy, Lucky Power, Mirle Automation, Mosel, Motech, NeoSolar Power, Oerlikon, PVTC, Sino-American Silicon Products, Taisil Electronics Materials, Tynsolar and Wafer Works. During the group discussion, all the committee members agreed to create a Taiwan PV standards working group as a means to investigate business opportunities for Taiwan PV market players.

”With the leadership in semiconductor supply chain management and high-tech innovation, Taiwan has been recognized as one of the most important regions for photovoltaic manufacturing,” said Terry Tsao, president of SEMI Taiwan and Southeast Asia. “SEMI is committed to help the Taiwan PV industry navigate the increasingly complex marketplace through a variety of programs designed to facilitate industry growth, improve profitability and combat industry threats. We’re glad to see that all the Taiwan major PV players are so aggressive devoting themselves to the common goal of industry growth.”

E-TON indicated that “We appreciate SEMI for taking the initiative in forming this group, which will allow us to interface with our suppliers and customers more efficiently. Through the team effort on the SEMI Taiwan PV Committee, we hope to catch up with leading countries, build a healthy, competitive and profitable PV industry in Taiwan.”

“To help raise Taiwan’s visibility and competitiveness in global PV market, SEMI will continuously promote and facilitate the creation and use of industry standards. Moreover, SEMI will work to increase the industry’s profitability through creating executive networking opportunities between global suppliers and customers,” said Tsao.

Most industry leaders show great interest in the development of international industry standards. Dr. Chung-Wen Lan, general director of PVTC (Photovoltaic Technology Center) stated, “As the PV industry is relatively young, it provides an excellent opportunity for Taiwan to participate the international industry standards defining process. Without SEMI, we would never have become involved in international standards, and since the association has plentiful global resources, I hope they can bring in more industry experts to help Taiwan PV industry further improve the overall efficiency from design to manufacturing, ” said Marco Hu, president of Tynsolar.

Solar energy is poised to become one of the largest and fastest growing technologies in the planet. With nearly 20 percent of the SEMI membership actively involved in PV manufacturing technology, SEMI also aggressively designed varied programs and global marketing opportunities for its members, including the following upcoming activities:

PV Fab Managers Forum, March 9-11, Dresden

PV Area at SEMICON China, March 18-20, Shanghai

SEMICON West, July 15-17, San Francisco, co-host Intersolar organized by FWTM and Solar Promotion GmbH

PV Japan 2008, July 30-Aug 1, Tokyo, co-organized by JPEA and SEMI

PV Pavilion at SEMICON Taiwan, Sept 9-11, Taipei

SEMICON Europa, October 7-9, Stuttgart

For additional information on SEMI PV activities and standards, please visit www.pvgroup.org or www.semi.org.

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 www.semi.org

Association Contacts:

Karen Lo
Marketing & PR Manager, SEMI Taiwan
Email: klo@semi.org
Tel: 886.3.573.3399 ext.218

Scott Smith
Senior PR Manager, SEMI Headquarters
Email: ssmith@semi.org
Tel: 1.408.943.7957