SEMICON Europa 2010: A Success by Any Measure

SEMICON Europa 2010: A Success by Any Measure

The recently concluded SEMICON Europa was a great success — exhibition, programs and events. SEMICON Europa is the “event of the year” for the semiconductor equipment and materials industry. The show concluded with 350 exhibitors and an increase to 7,500 attendees (up from 7,000 in 2009). Over 180 speakers presented in 35 programs and events which were attended by 992 program attendees. In addition to being the leading European exposition for microelectronics manufacturing, SEMICON Europa has an expanding focus on MEMS, printed/flexible electronics, solid state lighting, and related technologies.

This year was the first year that the Global Plastic Electronics Conference and Exhibition co-located with SEMICON Europa. The Plastics Electronics Conference focused on organic electronics, displays, organic photovoltaics, lighting, integrated smart systems and mixed organic-inorganic electronics — and organizers have already confirmed that the show wants to co-locate with SEMICON Europa next year.

SEMICON Europa also gives the industry an opportunity to involve politicians such as Saxony's Minister President Stanislaw Tillich and Geneviève Fioraso, member of the French Parliament and Deputy Mayor of Grenoble. Involving politicians helps them recognize the importance of the semiconductor and related high-tech industries in Europe.

These SEMI awards were presented during SEMICON Europa 2010:

  • European SEMI Award 2010: Herbert Reichel (Fraunhofer Institute). Reichl was recognized for over 20 years of contributions to advanced semiconductor packaging technologies.
  • SEMI Europe Lifetime Achievement Award: Peter Woditsch (formerly with Deutsche Solar; now CEO of Sunicon AG). Woditsch was honored for being a real European pioneer in photovoltaics.
  • SEMI Europe Standards Awards: Paul Williams (formerly with SAFC; now with the University of Liverpool) received a Standards leadership award for his dedication in leading the SEMI Standards Precursors Task Force; Roland Bindemann (Freiberger Compound Materials) received a Standards honor award for his dedication to the advancement of SEMI Standards.

Survey data reveals that the vast majority of the exhibitors were satisfied with the quality of the visitors and the purchasing authority of the SEMICON audience is recognized. Almost all (96 percent) of exhibitors acknowledged that they were able to reach their most important target groups at SEMICON Europa, and many made a new business connections. The mood was definitely positive with 91 percent believing that the current industry economic situation is “strong upward trend,” “slight upwards trend” or “steady.” Only 7 percent of the exhibitors think the current economic industry situation is on a “slight downward trend” or a “distinct downward” trend.

SEMICON Europa is the ideal venue to showcase your technologies in front of a highly qualified and diversified audience of engineers, fab managers, researchers, executives, and other key decision-makers.

More than half of the SEMICON Europa 2010 exhibitors have already reserved their space for next year! Next year's event dates are 11-13 October in Dresden. For more information, contact Carlos Lee at clee@semi.org.

November 3, 2010