Supplier Search Program at Southeast Asia SEMICON in Singapore

Supplier Search Program at Southeast Asia SEMICON in Singapore

By Kai Fai Ng, president, Southeast Asia, SEMI

Greetings from SEMI Southeast Asia.  A very Happy Lunar New Year to all!

This week heralds the start of the Lunar New Year, the Year of the Horse. One of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac, the horse signifies compassion, strength, and gregariousness. In a larger Chinese astrological context, this year is also associated with the element of Wood which makes 2014 the year of the Wooden Horse. This combination signifies a year of mutual trust and cooperation. 

What a fitting start to complement SEMI Southeast Asia Supplier Search Program at SEMICON Singapore! Back in June 2013, SEMI Southeast Asia spearheaded three task forces with the microelectronic members — ranging from the foundries, OSATs , OEMs and the other institutions and agencies — with the purpose of enhancing the microelectronics/ semiconductor ecosystems in Singapore.

One task force focused specifically on finding ways to improving manufacturing competitiveness of this industry cluster. One of the many outcomes from this task force suggested that a supplier gap exists in the ecosystem that is hampering effort towards gains in productivity. SEMI Southeast Asia conducted a supplier gap analysis survey spanning six foundries and the results concluded that the gap exists.

All in all, it is recognised that there is a need for low cost alternatives that would enhance and amplify the efforts on manufacturing and productivity improvements across the foundries surveyed.

Given this background, SEMI Southeast Asia is conducting a Supplier Search program at the upcoming SEMI Southeast Asia Show (SEMICON Singapore 23-25 April 2014). Exhibiting companies in the Show that match the need identified in the survey will be submitted to the participating foundries members for arrangement for supplier vetting and interview during the course of the three days. Let’s “Collaborate and Cooperate” for a stronger and more vibrant ecosystem — both in Singapore and within the entire region.

Please contact Ms. Shannen Koh (email: skoh@semi.org) for further information or to register your interest to participate in this program.

February 5, 2014