Trio of SEMI China Events Draws 50,000; Focus on Technology Challenges and Opportunities in Semiconductor and Emerging Markets
One of the largest and most comprehensive microelectronics manufacturing trade and technology events in China — SEMICON, SOLARCON and FPD China 2013 — filled the halls on March 19-21 at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre with 2,943 booths, occupying 73,200 square meters. Almost 1,100 exhibitors and 50,000 visitors attended the exhibitions, breaking all prior attendance records.
Semiconductor Market and Programs
China's current Five-Year Plan (2011-2015) targets the expansion of China's microelectronics supply chain to meet the needs of the regional and other global markets. Analysts project that investments of more than US$ 40 billion will fuel Chinese semiconductor industry growth during this five-year period.
Packaging and assembly are key segments of the growing semiconductor supply chain in China. There are over 200 companies competing in the packaging and assembly market in China. Although many are small companies manufacturing low-pin count devices, all of the world’s “Top 10” OSATs have one or more assembly and testing facilities in China. Eight of the world’s top 10 IDM companies have assembly and test manufacturing facilities in China, and most entered into China earlier than the OSAT players, in the mid-1990s.
SEMICON China 2013: SEMICON China showcased exhibits of the latest advanced manufacturing technologies and featured a wide range of programs focusing on the latest technology and business trends in the semiconductor industry and emerging markets. The SEMICON China agenda included keynote addresses, executive panels, technical and business forums and full-day technology conferences. Keynotes included: Tzu-Yin Chiu of SMIC, Young-Hyun Jun of Samsung, Peng Bai of Intel, Jifan Gao of Trina Solar, and Albert Pang of HLMC.
In addition, the event addressed breakthroughs in microelectronics manufacturing with special theme pavilions focused on emerging and adjacent technologies and markets. Theme pavilions include: LED Manufacturing, China Market IC Applications, TSV, Secondary Equipment and applications, and MEMS. The LED Manufacturing Pavilion is the only exhibition in China that focuses on LED manufacturing.
China Semiconductor Technology International Conference (CSTIC 2013): CSTIC is the largest and highest quality international technical conference for the semiconductor industry in China, with 307 speakers and 713 attendees this year. The conference is comprehensive, covering most aspects of semiconductor technology and emerging technology areas. As the largest semiconductor industry technology conference in China, CSTIC 2013 was organized jointly by SEMI, ECS and CECC.
“One-on-one” Supplier Search Program: This program builds the strategic cooperation between the international heavy-weight semiconductor manufacturers and Chinese suppliers. Local government provided great support and leaders of the high-tech industrial parks personally participated in the program.
Solar Market and Programs
In spite of the current challenging market conditions facing the industry, the PV market is expected to continue its growth trajectory. Fast-decreasing system prices have improved PV’s competitiveness with other renewables and even with conventional energy sources. However, it is uncertain when the end market demand growth will warrant another round of equipment spending. For equipment suppliers, this is a critical time to maintain sustained customer relationships, focus on core strategic competencies, and continue technological progress that enable customers to deliver competitive advantages.
SOLARCON China: At China’s #1 PV technical exhibition, leading players in the photovoltaic industry supply chain gathered at the exhibition, including top tier companies that supply materials, equipment, components, inverter, brackets, and key auxiliary materials such as silver pastes, EVA and back sheets.
China Photovoltaic Technology International Conference (CPTIC 2013): CPTIC is one of leading PV technology conferences in China, providing a platform for international PV experts to discuss PV manufacturing technologies, with 106 speakers and 273 attendees.
Flat Panel Display Market and Programs
For the first time ever, the 2013 China FPD Conference and ASID were held concurrently in Shanghai. New this year, the 12th Asian Symposium on Information Display (ASID) was held at the same time — providing an even larger platform for discussion and debate among researchers, engineering technicians and manufacturers in the domestic and international FPD fields.
Spending on manufacturing equipment for flat panel displays is expected to increase 121 percent from $3.8 billion in 2012 to $8.3 billion in 2013. Much of this increase in capital spending will occur in China. In 2013, Digitimes Research estimates that large-size panel production capacity will increase by 28.7 percent in China while declining or remaining essentially flat in other regions. DisplaySearch forecasts that the majority of FPD equipment spending in 2013 will be used for new low temperature polysilicon (LTPS) fabs and fab processes for use in both TFT LCD and AMOLED (active matrix OLED) displays. FPD China will bring together the leading buyers, specifiers, engineers, suppliers and other key players to discuss and plan the next stage of China’s display industry growth.
FPD China: China's premier FPD industry event for ten years, leading panel makers exhibited at FPD China 2013, including BOE, Tianma, CSOT, as well as critical equipment and global materials vendors.
China FPD Conference/Asian Symposium on Information Display: CFC/ASID is one of China's most authoritative and comprehensive conferences addressing technology and business issues in the flat panel industry, with 56 speakers and 249 attendees this year.
For more information on Semiconductor and PV events around the world, visit www.semiexpos.org. Held in all of the top manufacturing regions of the world, SEMI global expositions are the premier events for business, networking, collaboration, and education for the semiconductor and photovoltaic industries.
April 9, 2013