Hsuan-Bin Chen of AU Optronics to Discuss Future of Display Industry

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Hsuan-Bin Chen of AU Optronics to Discuss Future of Display Industry at SEMI Global FPD Partners Conference

Conference runs from April 9-12, 2008 in Miyazaki, Japan—Registration now Available

TOKYO, Japan – February 6, 2007 – “Green and Growth - New Driving Forces” is the theme of the 2008 SEMI Global Flat Panel Display Partners Conference (GFPC), to be held April 9-12, 2008 at Phoenix Sea Gaia Resort in Miyazaki, 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 providing valuable networking opportunities for information exchange and cooperation among executives within the FPD industry.

Welcome Remarks will be delivered by Hideo Higashikokubaru, Governor of Miyazaki Prefecture (TBD), and the opening keynote speech: “"Future Direction and Growth Scenarios of the Display Industry,” by

Hsuan-Bin Chen, vice-chairman and CEO, AU Optronics

GFPC will also include an impressive line-up of keynote addresses from global executives, focusing on a range of topics including:

  • Growth Markets (China): Xinhua Fu, president, SVA
  • Media and Displays: Koki Tabe, general manager, Public Relations, Softbank
  • Digital Cinema: Kazuo Hagimoto, executive director, NTT Network Innovation Laboratories, NTT
  • EHS/Innovation: Yukinori Kuwano, president, Photovoltaic Power Generation Technology Research Association
  • Automobiles: Keiji Yamamoto, president and CEO, Toyota InfoTechnology Center
  • Global Business Environment: Kazuhiko Toyama, CEO, Industrial Growth Platform
  • Closing Remarks: Shigeaki Mizushima, corporate director, group general manager, Display Technology Development Group, Sharp

"Building relationships across the worldwide supply chain is extremely important for us in this fast-growing industry,” said Kozo Yano, Group General Manager, LCD Production Technology Development Group, Sharp. “GFPC helps to foster partnerships and cooperation, stimulating thought and providing opportunities to meet other executives doing the same job / facing similar challenges."

GFPC will feature a number of executive panel discussions including:

  • “The Next Generation and Trends in Smartphones,” Moderated by Yosuke Mochizuki, publisher, Nikkei Microdevices

    Smartphones have gained a lot of attention as the next generation mobile information device, offering data, video and other services beyond just voice. This panel will discuss future trends as well as the various demands they will place on displays.
  • “The End of Paper and the Future of e-Paper,” Moderated by Makoto Omodani, professor, Department of Optical and Imaging Science and Technology, Tokai University

    Developments for replacing printed paper with electric paper are underway, offering exciting oportunities for the future. Electronic paper is expected to be the 4th killer application for the flat panel display market. However, several hurdles for e-paper commercialization still exist. Potential users of e-paper and suppliers will discuss their requirements for e-paper and their roadmaps for commercialization.
  • Final Panel: “"New Opportunities for Growth in the Display Industry,” Moderated by Ho Kyoon Chung, executive vice president, Samsung SDI
    The market for flat panel displays has grown to over $100B through continuous expansion of capacity, cost reductions and creation of new markets for products such as big screen televisions. However, it is projected that the market growth will soon slow due to revenue saturation unless new growth engines are found. This panel will discuss new growth opportunities, bringing in experts in the field of new application for FPDs.

In addition to the panel discussions, the conference will also offer three break-out sessions:

  • BRICs/VISTA and Flat Panel Displays, Moderated by Hideki Wakabayashi, president, Finnowave Investments

    Future demand for products incorporating flat panel displays will be determined not only by advanced nations but also by developing regions such as BRICs and VISTA. Opinion leaders, who are familiar with the economic situation in these regions, will discuss the long term demand for end-products using flat panel displays, including market inhibitors and accelerators.
  • Current Status and Future Prospects of OLED, Moderated by Hiroshi Asakura, editor-in-chef, Nikkei Microdevices, Nikkei Business Publications

    This session will look at the current status and future prospects of OLED from the viewpoint of materials-, panel- and application manufacturers.
  • Solar Business and Technology, Moderated by J.C. Kim, CEO and chairman, Edwards Korea; Hiroaki Kitahara, Representative, Technology and Business

    With the solar power industry experiencing dramatic growth, this session provides attendees with an important opportunity to discuss solar-related business opportunities in the semiconductor and FPD industries. Major players in the solar industry will also supply attendees with knowledge to help them understand the solar market, something which is increasingly important given the growing attention to energy efficiency and other environmental concerns in the FPD industry.

An executive roundtable will close out the conference content with the theme “New Opportunities for Growth in the Display Industry.” The executive round table is a unique session providing an opportunity for participants and speakers to freely exchange opinions and ideas in small groups.

"There's no better networking opportunity for people in the FPD industry than the GFPC,” said Jun H. Souk, executive vice president, Samsung Electronics, LCD R&D Center. “Over the four days of taking part in various sessions with people I'd met for the first time, before I knew it, I felt there had developed a sense of shared issues, shared goals -- a sense of camaraderie.”

GFPC is co-sponsored by the world’s leading FPD technology-related associations and consortia including Korea Display Industry Association (KDIA), LCD TV Association, Taiwan TFT LCD Association (TTLA), United States Display Consortium (USDC) and the Semiconductor Equipment Association of Japan (SEAJ). It is also sponsored by Nikkei Business Publications and Miyazaki Prefecture.

"GFPC is a truly excellent international conference that brings leaders together to explore common issues and to exchange ideas. Motorola is delighted to be part of this forum," said Rita Lane, senior vice president, Integrated Supply Chain, Motorola

To register for the conference or view the detailed conference agenda, please visit www.semi.org/gfpc, or contact SEMI Japan Event Registration at +81.3.3222.5993 or by e-mail at jeventinfo@semi.org.

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


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