From the SEMI Europe President: Time for Good News

From the SEMI Europe President

Time for Good News

As summer begins, I am pleased to report several items of good news. The first one relates to our active lobbying activities that we continue with the on-going support of our members and partners.  On 28 June 2011, the European Commission Key Enabling Technologies (KET) High-Level Group (HLG) presented its final report.  The initiative started 13 July 2010 after SEMI released its SEMI White Paper titled "Six Recommendations to the European Union and National Governments to Increase Europe’s Microelectronic Industry Competitiveness."  The chairman of the SEMI Europe Advisory Board is a member of the High-Level Group. In addition, SEMI is highly engaged with the European Commission through individual high-level meetings as well as exchange forums.  Every year, the SEMI office in Brussels has over 140 interactions with the EU to voice the interests of the semiconductor equipment and materials industry. SEMI will continue to monitor the development and implementation process of the KET on behalf of its members. This topic will be further discussed at the SEMICON Europa 11-13 October in Dresden.

Intersolar concluded very successfully for PV Group in June. Eight of the world’s top ten equipment manufacturers exhibited in the PV manufacturing hall managed by SEMI PV Group. In total, more than 230 of the world’s leading PV equipment and materials suppliers gathered to showcase technical innovations and their latest products. There were 39% more exhibitors compared to the previous year, with a sold-out hall with 219 exhibitors. I have received very positive feedback from exhibitors in the area of PV production technology and the general mood was positive at the show. Many companies want to boost their involvement at Intersolar Europe next year by increasing their exhibition space. Intersolar Europe is well on its way to achieving firm international standing in this field— a tribute to Intersolar Europe, but also to the strong commitment of the SEMI PV Group over the past few years.

We look forward to seeing you at SEMICON Europa. This year, the companies in the semiconductor industry will invest the record sum of roughly US$ 44 billion in production equipment worldwide, $3.2 billion in Europe. Material expenditure for European semiconductor production is projected at $3.3 billion. The first quarter of 2011 has already seen investments of $1.27 billion in Europe— a considerable increase compared to the same period the previous year.  Our analysis confirms good incoming orders and an optimistic viewpoint in the industry. This is also demonstrated by the exhibitors registered for SEMICON Europa. The new Plastic Electronics segment will contribute to this. With the accompanying 7th Global Plastic Electronics Conference co-located with SEMICON Europa, leading companies from around the world will present their latest achievements in the field of organic and printed electronics and photovoltaics, as well as new types of displays and lighting.

Heinz Kundert

July 6, 2011