Showcase of Southeast Asia’s Competiveness

Showcase of Southeast Asia’s Competitiveness

By Kai Fai Ng, president, SEMI Southeast Asia

While there is always a bit of uncertainty in the market in the new year, one thing is clear this year — semiconductor manufacturers are investing in advanced process technologies for both wafer fabrication and device packaging. Some market leaders in both the front- and back-end of the industry are spending at record levels. 

According to the SEMI World Fab Forecast, in 2013, an increase in equipment spending (including used equipment) for Front End facilities to about $1.8 billion will lead to about 5 percent increase in capacity in 2014. Southeast Asia is included in the top four regions in terms of growth rate for capacity.  In 2014 we expect about $800 million to $1 billion in spending (construction plus equipment) in Front End fabs in Southeast Asia.  Most of the fab spending will be by Micron, Globalfoundries and UMC.

The Southeast Asia microelectronics manufacturing market accounts for more than 25 percent of the world’s assembly, packaging, and test production. SEMICON Singapore 2014 exhibition and conference (April 23-25) will demonstrate the readiness of the industry to remain competitive in its successful segments.  With the theme centering on Mobility and the Internet of Things, the focus areas will include: challenges and opportunities in 2.5D and 3D-IC; advanced and contemporary packaging innovations; new frontiers in semiconductor test; critical front-end manufacturing technologies; opportunities in emerging and adjacent technologies; LED development and adoption.

In 2014, SEMICON Singapore is expanding its scope and programs to bring more buyers from across the region, including programs and initiatives to attract buyers from Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Indonesia.

New and expanded features of the Southeast Asia SEMICON this year include: Business Matching Sessions; Regional Industry Benchmarking; Fabless/IDM program; TechARENA Stage; and Complimentary Exhibitor Marketing Services. In addition, SEMI Southeast Asia will provide a pipeline for workforce development by hosting a SEMICON University program during the show and will, for the first time, enhance the SEMI Job Fair initiative with the roll out of a web-based job fair portal to encourage talent acquisition for the industry during the show.

SEMICON Singapore is at the center of the region’s vibrant and growing industry.  Don’t miss the only microelectronics trade and technology event in Southeast Asia.

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January 9, 2014