SINGAPORE — January 27, 2011— SEMI today announced the appointment of Rodney Morgan, co-executive officer of IM Flash Technologies, to serve as chairman of the SEMI Singapore Regional Advisory Board (RAB). Also, David Wilhoit, president and CEO of Siltronic Samsung Wafer Pte Ltd., and Gan Wah Teng, vice president of Infineon Technologies (Asia Pacific) Pte Ltd. will serve as vice chairmen.
The SEMI Singapore RAB represents companies from manufacturers, equipment and materials suppliers and academia, connecting the complete semiconductor supply chain in Singapore. The 19 voting members are from Applied Materials, Arrow Technologies, ASE, ASM, GLOBALFOUNDRIES, Hermes-Epitek, Hitachi High-Technologies, IME, IM Flash Technologies, Infineon, KLA-Tencor, Kulicke & Soffa, Novellus Systems, NTU, NXP, Siltronic Samsung, SPT, SSMC and UTAC.
“I am excited about being a part of the SEMI Singapore RAB and am honored to be selected as the chairman from such a prestigious group of industry leaders,” Morgan said. He noted that Singapore provides much opportunity for the semiconductor industry and he looks forward to being a part of the group that sets the stage for the future. Vice chairman Wilhoit remarked that he hopes to “enhance the visibility and help the semiconductor industry excel within Singapore.”
Morgan has been with Micron Technology since 1984 and has held numerous leadership roles in manufacturing operations. Wilholt has been with Siltronic Samsung Wafer for more than 20 years. Gan is an electrical engineering expert with experience at AMD and Siemens.
During its most recent meeting, the SEMI Singapore RAB lined up its priorities for 2011, which focused on raising the visibility of the semiconductor industry in Singapore through workforce development and awareness. Terry Tsao, president of SEMI Southeast Asia, acknowledged Singapore is an important international hub in Asia for finance and manufacturing.
According to EDB, Singapore is pivotal in the growth of the global semiconductor industry, contributing 11.2 percent of global semiconductor output in 2009. Singapore earned 20 percent growth in 300 mm fab capacity with over 100 percent and almost 40 percent growth in fab equipment spending in 2010 and 2011, respectively. Overall, figures in the electronics and semiconductors industry were positive in the second half of 2010. Output of the electronic cluster increased 28.0 percent in September 2010 from a year earlier and the semiconductor segment registered a strong gain of 67.9 percent, on the back of strong demand for consumer electronics devices. In addition, last week SEMI published its December 2010 Book-to-Bill Report which reported a book-to-bill ratio of 0.90. The report showed that orders for new semiconductor manufacturing equipment placed by worldwide customers to North American manufacturers remained constant while billings edged upward. “The continued pace of billings reflects the strong order rate that persisted at record levels through most of the last year,” said Tsao.
The optimistic prospects in the industry will help advance the upcoming SEMICON Singapore 2011, to be held May 11-13. It will feature about 50 exhibitors at the show in industry pavilions like MEMS, Printed Electronics, IC Design and PV. In addition, it features a CEO Forum, technical programs, briefings on marketing trends, and the most advanced technology to date.
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 Beijing, Bengaluru, Berlin, Brussels, Grenoble, Hsinchu, Moscow, San Jose, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo, and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit www.semi.org.
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