From the SEMI Europe President

From the SEMI Europe President

Europe’s Advances in Semiconductors

While the last few years included some huge fluctuations in capital spending for the IC supply chain, the market environment for Europe looks excellent for 2011 and good for 2012.  According to the latest SEMI Capital Equipment Forecast, forecasted spending increases in 2011 will be impressive in both Europe and North America owing to Intel’s and GlobalFoundries’ aggressive CAPEX plans. The forecast indicates that European semiconductor equipment sales will reach $3.6 billion, from $2.3 billion in 2010 — a 56 percent increase.  And while currently there’s talk of a brief interval of lower equipment sales in the market (see first article), Europe will still have a very good year.

SEMICON Europa is well known as a platform to display advances in our industry. All major fabs including Globalfoundries, Infineon, IBM, Intel, STMicroelectronics and many small, mid-sized and dedicated fabs such as Bosch, X-Fab, L-Foundry, Nanium, etc. will share their views during the show with you. In addition, leading R&D organizations will illustrate their achievements and capabilities in the SEMICON Science Park.

In specific programs and in the “TechARENA,” companies will present technological solutions, critical issues and new products in the area of semiconductor technology including advanced packaging, TSV, MEMS, printed electronics and more. Fab efficiency is one key theme but you’ll also find information on specific areas, such as lithography, automation, process control, metrology, new materials and refurbished equipment.

For the second time, the Plastic Electronics Foundation conference and exhibition will be co-located with SEMICON. It’s a promising market which is using a wide range of semiconductor technology for producing large and cost-effective electronics.

In the European Executive Summit, we will continue to discuss the status of the European competitiveness including the European Commission’s Key Enabling Technology initiatives. 

Have a closer look to the programs and the exhibitors’ list on our dedicated web-site and make the best of the industry environment during SEMICON Europa.

I’m looking forward to seeing you at SEMICON Europa.   

Heinz Kundert
President, SEMI Europe

August 4, 2011