OEMs and Precision Engineering Companies Matched Up in New SEMI Singapore Program
On March 20th, SEMI Singapore hosted the inaugural OEM Supplier Search Program, co-organized with SPRING Singapore, an agency under the Ministry of Trade and Industry. SPRING Singapore is responsible for helping Singapore enterprises grow and building trust in Singapore products and services. With more local companies joining the semiconductor equipment and materials supply chain, there are many opportunities for government/ association collaboration. SEMI Singapore believes that this program strengthens the semiconductor equipment manufacturing supply chain in Southeast Asia.
The OEM Supplier Search Program is a business matching program for OEMs and precision engineering companies. Sixty participants attended the session, representing 38 companies. Officials from Economic Development Board of Singapore were also present.
During the past few years, an increasing number of OEM companies have moved manufacturing facilities to Singapore. OEMs — such as Applied Materials, ASM, KLA-Tencor, Kulicke & Soffa, Ultratech and Veeco — have established manufacturing facilities in Singapore. With rising transportation costs, sourcing locally for parts and components is one of the ways to minimize costs.
Through a partnership with SPRING Singapore, SEMI Singapore brought together a series of OEM briefing sessions to create networking platforms for local precision engineering companies and the OEMs with manufacturing facilities in Singapore.
The first in the series featured Ultratech’s chairman and CEO, Arthur Zafiropoulo, gave perspectives on the semiconductor industry in a presentation entitled, “ Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. “ Ultratech products manufactured in Singapore were introduced to the audience. Ted Tan, deputy chief executive, SPRING Singapore, gave the opening address.
Two days later, on March 22, the second briefing session was done by KLA-Tencor. Theo Kneepkens, VP of Asia Operations, KLA-Tencor (Singapore) Pte Ltd gave an overview of KLA-Tencor’s sourcing requirements. Fifty-two attendees from 35 companies attended the briefing session. KLA-Tencor sourcing managers will be meeting selected SEMICON Singapore 2012 exhibitors to explore further engagements.
Other OEMs, like Kulicke & Soffa, have expressed interest in participating in this program.
SEMI Singapore will be organizing more sessions. The next session, for Applied Materials, will be held during SEMICON Singapore 2012.
SEMICON Singapore 2012 will be held April 24-26 at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre. The OEM Sourcing Program (OSP) aims to organize one-on-one meetings between qualifying exhibitors and original equipment makers (OEMs) with manufacturing facilities in Singapore. OEMs are looking to connect to suppliers and companies such as precision engineering, contract manufacturing, engineering design, tooling design and manufacturing. Applied Materials, KLA-Tencor and Ultratech are OEMs participating in the program this year.
Ten business and technology sessions are lined up at SEMICON Singapore this year, including: Market Trend Briefing and Southeast Asia Manufacturing Business Leader Summit, Southeast Asia Entrepreneurship Seminar, Wafer Fab Efficiency Forum, Product Test Forum, LED Forum, Assembly Packaging Forum, 2.5D/3D IC Forum, and MEMS Forum. Pavilions include 3D-IC Gallery, Component Pavilion, and the Country Pavilion.
For more information on registering or exhibiting at SEMICON Singapore, please visit: www.semiconsingapore.org/
April 3, 2012