From the SEMI Europe President
SEMI Grenoble Tackles Member Expectations
Over two years ago, SEMI Europe acquired JEMI France. Building on the strengths of the two associations, the goal was to further promote the industry in the southern part of Europe. Locating the new combined organization in France allowed for stronger ties with its major micro-electronics cluster in Grenoble. The new office called “SEMI Europe Grenoble Office” has come a long way since then.
The new executive team is now fully operational. Led by Anne-Marie Dutron, the business model focuses on developing membership in Southern Europe and developing local events. Their strategy is broad and ambitious: Promote and advocate for industrial jobs in the region and in Europe for Microelectronics; Develop new services and events for Semiconductor, PV and Emerging Technologies; Develop standards in Europe; and Facilitate clarity on 450mm and expand member programs on 3D-IC. The office also offers customized member support to find the right contacts and partners with a dedicated website with Directory, News and Exclusive areas for members.
In terms of large events, the new office organizes pavilions at both SEMICON Europa in Dresden in October and SEMICON West in San Francisco in July. Other major events include a roundtable at the Grenoble Innovation Fair; in 2011, the topic was “Emerging Electronics for the Future—Made in Europe.” Local networking events include quarterly local networking breakfasts, co-organizing a workshop with IMAPS, and at least one or two conferences.
Success at the SEMI office in Grenoble will not be a solitary affair. Many players are instrumental in the success of the office, including: the city of Grenoble and the Public Authorities, the proactive engagement of key members, and the other SEMI offices around the world.
I am proud that we have been able to bring even more value to members by combining forces.
The semiconductor industry is highly clustered, and having a high profile in France is instrumental in contributing to the continuous global success of the European semiconductor industry.
January 11, 2012