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Korea Strategic Materials Conference a Huge Success

June 7th, 2017

By Jiwon Cho, SEMI Korea

Over 260 people attended the 2nd SEMI Strategic Materials Conference (SMC) on Thursday, May 18 at the COEX Exhibition Center in Seoul, Korea. In the “More than Moore” era, scaling is a persistent challenge that requires special attention to a wide range of issues. Cost effectiveness, performance, quality management and environmental issues were all featured at this year’s conference and a special focus was placed on the “Future of Materials.”

SMC Korea 2017 included a day-long technical conference with three sessions covering the market in China, new materials and collaboration. The three sessions showcased 14 technology experts from Korea, America, Asia and Europe and presented an excellent opportunity to learn about:

•    Technology and Market Trends from the Perspective of a Material Supplier,

•    Developments in China’s Semiconductor Materials Market,

•    Advancements in Materials for everything from packaging to EUV, 3D NAND and DRAM, and

•    Surface Preparation, Cleaning, and Avoiding Contamination

The conference opened with two keynote speakers, Dr. Hoyoung Kang from TEL, and James E. Lamb III from Brewer Science Inc.  Kang addressed the material and scaling challenges related to patterning. He highlighted that 3D architecture and continued scaling would require advances in patterning technology and that the patterning paradigm has shifted to self-alignment and bottom-up approaches. He added that EPE (Edge Placement Error) is the fundamental scaling challenge.

James E. Lamb III presented on “Materials Proliferation to Meet Scaling Challenges and Quality Requirements for Manufacturing with Sub-10nm Patterning.” He said that multi‐patterning with self-aligned pitch doubling (SADP) and quadrupling (SAQP) have became the dominant method for meeting scaling challenges. The multipatterning is regarded as a reliable technique for extending 193i lithography but may hit a limit due to process complexity and cost.

The day concluded with a networking reception.

The Strategic Materials Conference Korea 2017 had table-top booths in the exhibit area with the sponsors including: BASFChemoursKCTechMerck and Versum Materials.

SMC Korea 2017 was an ideal place to hear about critical topics in the manufacturing process and to connect with key players in the industry. Seung Jin Baek, director of Pall Korea said, “There was a wide variety of topics and contents. I could get the insight into the materials challenges and 3D NAND. I’m very satisfied with all presentation and networking opportunities provided by SEMI.”

SEMI Commends Senate Action to Fill Vacant Position of U.S. Trade Representative

May 12th, 2017

SEMI, the global industry association representing the electronics manufacturing supply chain, applauds the Senate action to fill the vacant cabinet-level position of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR).

Robert Lighthizer was confirmed to serve as the chief trade negotiator and principal trade policymaker for the United States.  The Office of USTR has long-supported policies of growth and innovation for the high tech industry and SEMI welcomes a revitalized effort toward this objective.

“Global trade is essential for SEMI members and this is an essential step in the pursuit of free trade and investment policies,” said SEMI CEO Ajit Manocha.  “SEMI member companies globally depend on international trade and 80 percent of semiconductor equipment and materials produced by U.S. companies are exported overseas. Good trade policy is critical for the semiconductor manufacturing supply chain and we pledge to work with the USTR to expand markets and increase access to customers around the globe.”

SEMI® connects nearly 2,000 member companies and 250,000 professionals worldwide annually to advance the technology and business of electronics manufacturing. SEMI members are responsible for the innovations in materials, design, equipment, software, and services that enable smarter, faster, more powerful, and more affordable electronic products. Since 1970, SEMI has built connections that have helped its members grow, create new markets, and address common industry challenges together. SEMI maintains offices in Bangalore, Beijing, Berlin, Brussels, Grenoble, Hsinchu, Seoul, Shanghai, Silicon Valley (Milpitas, Calif.), Singapore, Tokyo, and Washington, D.C.  For more information, visit www.semi.org and follow SEMI on LinkedIn and Twitter.

Semiconductor Materials: Restructuring in the Supplier Base

December 6th, 2016

By Dan Tracy, senior director, Industry Research & Statistics, SEMI

Last week, the Nikkei Asian Review (and other sources) reported the exit of Sumitomo Metal Mining (SMM) from the leadframe business. Leadframe makers headquartered in Japan have long had a prominent share of the global leadframe market, and SMM has been a top supplier for decades. And just several years ago, SMM and Hitachi Cable integrated their leadframe operations. According to the Nikkei Asian Review article, Chang Wah of Electronic Materials (Taiwan) is acquiring some of the SMM leadframe operations, while the article reports that SMM is negotiating the sale of its power semiconductor leadframe business to Jih Lin Technology (Taiwan).

SMM previously exited the bonding wire market in 2012, so this latest announcement reflects the company’s move away from commoditized material segments. According to SEMI’s own analysis, the leadframe market that has seen very little revenue growth over the past 12 years and it is an industry segment with a large supplier base, with over 30 suppliers globally. The basis for competition in the leadframe business has long been, generally speaking, lowest price and shortest turn-around time. Leadframes are a commodity, though plating and etching capabilities can be a differentiator among the suppliers.

Over the past decade while production facilities in Japan and Southeast Asia closed, many leadframe suppliers shifted production to and increased capabilities in China. Also, China headquartered leadframe suppliers are numerous. These suppliers in China have typically focused on low-lead count and discrete leadframe products for domestic assembly plants, though some companies have expanded capabilities to produce higher value leadframe products. The market share of the China headquartered suppliers has gradually been growing.

Given the pricing pressures in the industry, the trend towards smaller, lower cost leadframes, and the transition to non-leadframe technologies, the long-term outlook for the leadframe market from a business perspective remains very challenging as overall revenue growth is unlikely. Expect further consolidation and the continued emergence of China suppliers in this longstanding packaging material segment.

The SEMI Strategic Material Conference 2017 will be held September 19-20 in San Jose, Calif.

For more information about SEMI, visit www.semi.org and follow SEMI on LinkedIn and Twitter.

Update for exporters: Trade wins and delays

August 26th, 2015

By Taylor Sholler, SEMI

With trade policy dominating headlines in recent weeks, all eyes were on Maui in the waning days of August as trade ministers from twelve nations convened for perhaps the final time to finalize the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).  Such a pact between Pacific Rim economies would account for 40% of the world’s GDP.  However, last-minute hurdles on dairy, autos, and drug provisions proved to be the negotiators’ undoing and ministers left Hawaii with the promise of at least one more round of exhaustive deliberations in the fall.

Such is the pathway for a multilateral agreement like the TPP.  By all accounts, significant progress has been made but getting 12 countries to concur on a high-standard agreement to reduce both tariffs and non-tariff barriers has been arduous to say the least.  The business community remains optimistic nonetheless and will continue to support TPP conclusion— key for the U.S. SEM industries which export 80% of their products— later this year.

Conversely, a sector-specific trade agreement is a bit more straightforward and industry welcomed news just a week earlier that an agreement-in-principle was reached on the expansion of the Information Technology Agreement (ITA).  Originally agreed to in 1996, the ITA fosters free trade in tech and has sorely needed an update to account for the vast progress made through industrial innovation.  While this effort was not without its own obstacles, World Trade Organization (WTO) members came to an agreement in Geneva on July 24th to cut tariffs on more than 200 ICT products after more than three years of negotiations.

This deal between more than 50 nations is seen a major victory for the global economy and the semiconductor equipment and materials industries in particular. SEM-related items account of more than a dozen of the products on the expansion list, including machines and apparatus to manufacture boules, wafers, semiconductor devices and flat panel displays among other products of interest to SEMI members.

WTO trade ministers will now take the list back to their respective capitals for domestic consultations.  By November 1st, participating members must submit a draft schedule detailing their plans for national implementation.  The process should culminate during the WTO’s 10th Ministerial Conference in Nairobi in December 2015, with tariff elimination slated to begin July 2016.

The expanded agreement represents 97% of world trade in information technology products—an estimated $1.3 billion annual market.  However, the deal also contains a commitment to work to tackle non-tariff barriers in the IT sector, and to keep the list of products covered under review to determine whether further expansion may be needed to reflect future technological developments.

In what was already been a successful year for trade liberalization, negotiators should soon celebrate implementation of the largest WTO-driven tariff elimination deal in 19 years.  The process has breathed fresh life into the promise of sectoral trade pacts driven by market demand and targeted negotiations.  SEMI has worked closely with ITA negotiators throughout the process to ensure the inclusion of SEM items in the expanded list and this is something we hope to replicate in other market opening accords like the Environmental Goods Agreement as well.

The semiconductor supply chain is comprised of the most innovation and technologically advanced products in the world and trade agreements like the ITA play an exceedingly helpful role in the advancement of our industry.  WTO Director-General Roberto Azevedo and trade negotiators around the world should be commended for their persistence on this important expansion effort. SEMI will continue to support the great work happening in Geneva and elsewhere to remove barriers to trade and improve business operations for our members.

For a complete list of items included in the expanded ITA, please visit:  https://ustr.gov/sites/default/files/ITA-expansion-product-list-2015.pdf

For those with trade-specific questions or concerns, SEMI maintains a dedicated international policy staff, led by Jonathan Davis, Global Vice President of Advocacy (jdavis@semi.org).

SEMI Recognizes Leaders, Pushes Issues at Washington Forum

May 14th, 2015

By Jamie Girard, SEMI

As Congress continued a busy spring session, SEMI hosted its annual Washington Forum event on April 28 & 29.  The Washington Forum brings SEMI member company executives to Washington for meetings with policymakers to advocate on behalf of the industry regarding the most pressing public policy issues of the day.  The event also gave the executives a chance to hear from speakers such as Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) and to present the annual SEMI Government Leadership Award. Participants carried the messages from the companies on issues such as support for funding the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI), passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), awareness of intellectual property challenges, high-skilled immigration reform, and support for a permanent R&D tax credit.

As a part of the two day proceedings, the 2015 SEMI Americas Government Leadership Award, was presented to Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO). The award is the SEMI North American Advisory Board’s annual recognition of a policymaker who has gone above and beyond in affecting positive change for the industry.  Senator Blunt has long been a national leader on policies supporting innovation and growth. In 2014, he was the lead Republican sponsor of the “Revitalize American Manufacturing Innovation” (RAMI) Act which seeks to support advanced manufacturing public-private partnerships across the U.S.  The bill, which was passed into law in December 2014, authorized the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation program at the National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST). The program has garnered interest from many industries, including many SEMI member companies looking at forming partnerships. Senator Blunt has also consistently supported policies to boost job creation and reform the tax code to promote economic growth since his days in the U.S. House of Representatives, and will continue to be a strong advocate for our industry in the years to come.

With the NNMI now being the law of the land, Washington Forum participants used this trip to Washington to support funding for the newly established program.  With funding in the annual appropriations process, the program will work to position the United States as the global leader in advanced manufacturing.  The program is designed to bring together industry, universities and community colleges, federal agencies and all levels of government to accelerate manufacturing innovation in technologies with commercial applications. Seven such institutes are planned for fiscal year 2016.  More information on the program can be found at www.manufacturing.gov.

Trade facilitation is a primary objective for U.S. industry leaders who export nearly 80% of their products and SEMI members found themselves in good company on Capitol Hill last week in this effort.  As the first Japanese head-of-state to address a joint session of Congress, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivered remarks in support of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) as well as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), echoing the sentiments of Forum participants in meetings across the Capitol at the time.  TPA is the legislative tool necessary for the conclusion of this free trade agreement connecting 12 Pacific-rim nations to unite 40% of the world’s GDP under a framework of global governance.  SEMI members were able to drive home the importance of both TPA and TPP on a day when trade opponents were out in force.

As in previous years, the Washington Forum also incorporated a message about the need for more intellectual property protection and awareness.  SEMI members are acutely aware that what distinguishes us from many others is the relatively high percent of revenue that is reinvested into R&D. With that, intellectual property and data security protection is becoming an increasingly important issue for the semiconductor equipment and materials industry. That’s why the Washington Forum also focused on two pieces of legislation to help address this issue.  On such bill is HR 9, the Innovation Act, which would implement patent litigation reform by requiring greater proof, limits on discovery, increased transparency, & fee shifting into patent litigation cases.  HR 9 is identical to bill from last Congress which passed the House 325-91, but wasn’t taken up by the Senate.  The groups also stressed the importance of preventing cyber-attacks with legislation like the Protecting Cyber Networks Act which was passed by the House 307-116 on April 22. This bill is intended to help forestall cyberattacks like the one that crippled Sony Pictures last year by creating a voluntary framework for the private sector to share more computer data with the government and in return offering companies expanded legal liability protection if they choose to participate.

With the failure to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill in 2014, dealing with high-skilled immigration in standalone legislation has returned.  With the FY16 cap of 85,000 H-1B visas being reached in just five days, and over 233,000 applications being received, it’s clear that this part of our immigration desperately needs to be fixed.  SEMI members pressed Members of Congress to pass the Immigration Innovation Act, which would raise the number of H-1B visas available, as well as making additional changes to the immigration system to free up the system to work as is intended.

In addition, with the research and development (R&D) tax credit having expired on December 31, 2014, for the 17th time, participants shared their concerns with policymakers that the uncertainty of an on-again, off-again credit is hard for companies to use.  SEMI has been working in a coalition with others to urge Congress to renew, improve and permanently extend the federal R&D tax credit. That’s why the group worked to press for the passage of HR 880, the American Research and Competitiveness Act, which would expand and make permanent to credit. The bill passed out of the House Committee on Ways & Means on a vote of 23-12 earlier this year, and we are hopeful it will come to the House floor for a vote in short order.

The SEMI Washington Forum is an annual event hosted by the North American Advisory Board, and brings SEMI-members executives to Washington to give them a firsthand experience with addressing policymakers.  It also gives our elected officials a chance to hear straight from their constituents, and learn more about our important industry.  If you would like to learn more about the Washington Forum and how someone from your organization can participate in the future, please contact Jamie Girard, senior director, North America Public Policy, at jgirard@semi.org, or by phone at 202.393.5552.

Moore’s Law at 50 and the Rice-and-Chessboard Fable

April 10th, 2015

By Peter Gillespie, CMO, SEMI

Fifty years ago, on the 19th of April 1965, Gordon Moore published a paper in Electronics Magazine that was the genesis for what we now call Moore’s Law.  In it, Moore famously projected that the number of transistors on a chip will double every year.

Over time, Moore’s Law, the heartbeat of the semiconductor industry, settled in an 18 month cadence.  That’s over eight and half billion (8,589,934,591) grains springing from a just single grain of rice in the past 50 years (33 Moore’s Law heartbeats), in the manner of the rice-and-chessboard fable, as we’ll see later.  Or it’s 97,000 tons of sand, making 2.2 billion wafers, making 1.9 billion ICs, and 2 billion PCs and 7 billion mobile devices since the year 2000.

Gordon Moore’s “observation” created the digital world as we know it.  This is among the clearest illustrations of how a single, powerful idea can move the world.  Moore’s Law is not a physical law, not a regulation, not a market requirement (like the need to develop a new flu vaccine for every new flu season) and not a government mandate.  Moore’s Law is a simple, straightforward vision, with the power of exponential growth.  Unassuming as a journal paper proposition, nonetheless, it has inspired every successful semiconductor ecosystem company to resonate their R&D and product development cycles in time to the exponential beat of Moore’s Law.

The transformative power of exponents is simply non-intuitive.  We live in a linear-time based world.  The story of the Rice-and-Chessboard is a good reminder of the perils of missing an exponential.  There are many versions of the story, but most use the origins of chess.  The fable goes that the inventor of chess showed the game to the emperor of India.  The emperor was so impressed that he invited the inventor to name his reward.

The inventor responded, “My wishes are simple.  I only wish for this.  Give me one grain of rice for the first square of the chessboard, two grains for the next square, four for the next, eight for the next, and so on for all 64 squares, with each square having double the number of grains as the square before.”  The emperor agreed, thinking that the inventor had asked for a modest reward.  Exponential growth is not intuitive.  For those 64 chessboard squares, the total grains of rice would be 18,446,744,073,709,551,615!  Missing the power of exponential growth can bankrupt nations and bury companies.  Not playing to the metronome beat of Moore’s Law has been the demise of many companies – and playing to the beat, the success of those thriving today.

For 45 years, SEMI has worked to advance the industry making it possible for global participants to keep up with the heartbeat of Moore’s Law.  SEMI’s vision is to promote the development of the global micro and non-manufacturing supply chain and positively influence the growth and prosperity of its members.  SEMI works to advance the mutual business interests of its membership and promotes fair competition in an open global marketplace.  SEMI endeavors to create collective impact on a global scale via SEMI Standards, Advocacy, Business Intelligence, and Communities as can be seen at right.  We at SEMI invite you to reflect on and celebrate the legacy of Moore’s Law.

Please view, share, and enjoy SEMI’s infographics focusing on Moore’s Law (http://www.semi.org/node/54996).

EU ‘conflict minerals’ proposals now being debated by EU decision-makers

March 23rd, 2015

By Rania Georgoutsakou, director, Europe Public Policy, SEMI

As the EU draft legislation on ‘conflict minerals’ now makes its way through the European Parliament and national governments, a number of proposals to change the original draft and create additional burdens for downstream users are being voiced.  SEMI in Europe is advocating  for a voluntary scheme that focuses on the upstream supply chain and that has the same product and geographic scope as the already existing schemes (including the US Dodd-Frank Act).

The EU proposals in a nutshell

European Union

The draft EU regulation sets up a voluntary self-certification scheme for importers of tin, tungsten, tantalum and their ores and gold originating from ‘conflict-affected and high-risk areas’.

Under the original draft, importers may voluntarily choose to implement an internal due diligence process, based on the OECD Due Diligence Guidelines. They will report the proportion of minerals originating from conflict-affected and high-risk areas as well as a list of smelters from which these originated annually. Based on the information received from importers, the EU will create a list of responsible refiners and smelters, namely those who source responsibly from conflict zones, with the aim of incentivizing legitimate trade.

In contrast to the US Dodd-Frank Act requirements on ‘conflict minerals’, the EU scheme focuses on the upstream supply chain (importers, smelters, refiners) and creates voluntary due diligence, risk management and reporting requirements for importers choosing to apply the scheme. The EU suggests that the EU scheme will support the global supply chain in complying with the US Dodd-Frank requirements by encouraging and facilitating the flow of information and certificates through the supply chain.

SEMI Advocacy on EU proposals for ‘conflict minerals’

As the EU draft regulation on ‘conflict minerals’ makes its way through the legislative process, there are a number of calls to change the original proposals, in particular to:

• Introduce a mandatory scheme
• Apply the scheme to downstream users also
• Include additional minerals in the EU scheme

At the urging of its global membership, SEMI Europe Advocacy is urging legislators to ensure the EU proposal is consistent with existing schemes and does not create additional requirements or burdens on downstream users.

SEMI is meeting with Members of European Parliament and national government representatives to advocate for the following key issues:

• Maintain the voluntary nature of the scheme without sourcing restrictions.
• Maintain the product focus on tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold – to remain consistent with existing schemes.
• Maintain the focus on importers and the upstream supply chain – a downstream user relies on the information they attempt to obtain from their upstream supply chain.
• Clarify the geographical scope of the EU scheme – currently the scope is global and there is no definition nor criteria for what constitutes a ‘conflict affected’ or ‘high-risk area’. SEMI believes the EU scheme should have the same geographical scope as the US Dodd-Frank Act.
• When reviewing the EU scheme, also consider evidence of positive impact in the conflict-affected areas.

To reinforce our advocacy work, SEMI is collecting information from members, in particular equipment manufacturers and their suppliers, on their experience in complying with the US Dodd-Frank Act. This information will be made anonymous and shared with EU legislators to demonstrate the difficulties for the downstream supply chain to comply with a mandatory scheme, especially for producers of high-mix, low volume products that do not have a strong control over their global supply chain.  For more information and to get involved, please visit the SEMI Europe website or contact: Ms. Rania Georgoutsakou, gourania@semi.org; +32 2 609 5334.

State of the Union Address Highlights Multiple Opportunities for Bipartisan Cooperation on Industry Public Policy Priorities

February 5th, 2015

By Jamie Girard, SEMI

On Tuesday, January 20, President Obama once again stood before a joint session of Congress to deliver a State of the Union Address.  With the newly seated Republican-controlled Congress and his Cabinet present, the President discussed topics ranging from the current state of the economy to foreign affairs and his ideas on how to move the nation forward.  SEMI was pleased to hear that the President supported multiple policy goals including expansion of free trade, corporate tax reform, support for basic science research and development and others.

Bucking the orthodoxy of many in his own party, President Obama made a strong case for Congress to pass Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation which give allows for a straight “up or down” vote by Congress of any trade deals the Administration has negotiated with trading partners.  This is vital to ensure that deals made with foreign governments can be negotiated in good faith, without concern from partners that language will be changed by Congress, scrambling years’ worth of hard fought talks.

“Twenty-first century businesses, including small businesses, need to sell more American products overseas,” said Obama, “Today, our businesses export more than ever, and exporters tend to pay their workers higher wages…That’s why I’m asking both parties to give me trade promotion authority to protect American workers, with strong new trade deals from Asia to Europe that aren’t just free, but are also fair.  It’s the right thing to do.”

With outstanding trade agreements like the TransPacific Partnership (TPP) that will bring 12 Pacific Rim countries under a common trade regime trying to be finalized, TPA is a necessary tool that needs to be implemented to bring the talks to a close.  Once agreed upon the TPP will bring 40% of world’s GDP under a single agreement.  Similarly, the U.S. continues to work on the U.S.-EU trade agreement that combined with the TPP would represent a majority of the world’s economic output.
Corporate tax reform is something both the Congressional Republicans and the President agree on. Obama said as much, saying “Let’s simplify the [tax] system…We can achieve it together.”  With the highest corporate tax rate of any OECD country the United States needs to address its corporate tax rate to be competitive and to continue the kind of growth that has been seen in the U.S. manufacturing sector in recent years. With a willing partner in House Ways and Means Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI), this may be the best chance in many years for a tax reform bill to pass Congress and be signed by the President.  Key issues for SEMI members in any tax package would be to lower the overall rate, switch to a territorial system more closely in line with the rest of the world, and preserve incentives for innovation like the R&D tax credit.

Obama also used the address to call for support of American innovation and research and development.  The President acknowledged that “Twenty-first century businesses will rely on American science and technology, research and development…” in calling for increased cooperation on funding federal programs that support such work that is so important to SEMI members.  SEMI supports full funding of programs at the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST), and other basic science programs as well as newly created program like the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) which SEMI members were instrumental in creating.

While Washington remains divided with Democratic control of the White House, and a new Republican Majority in both chambers of Congress, there is good reason to be optimistic that Washington will be able to tackle large issues facing the nation. SEMI will continue to work on the public policy issues most important to its members.  If you have any questions regarding SEMI’s policy priorities or how you can be more involved, please contact Jamie Girard, senior  director, Public Policy North America, at SEMI (jgirard@semi.org).

SEMI Praises Passage of Bipartisan Manufacturing Innovation Act

December 16th, 2014

SEMI praised the bipartisan effort in the United States Congress to pass the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation (RAMI) Act as part of the year-end spending package.  Since its introduction in August 2013, SEMI has been a champion and leading voice in support of the bill that would create public private partnerships to establish institutes for manufacturing innovation.

Sponsored by Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Representatives Tom Reed (R-NY) and Joe Kennedy (D-MA), RAMI directs the Secretary of Commerce to support the establishment of institutes dedicated to improving U.S. competitiveness in manufacturing. These institutes are aimed at increasing domestic production and accelerating the development of an advanced manufacturing workforce.  Each institute will be a public-private partnership between industry, academia, and other relevant entities.  The institutes, which are required to be self-sustaining in seven years, will focus on a specific and unique manufacturing process, technology, or methodology.

“SEMI members produce sophisticated and advanced equipment, materials and technology for the most complex manufacturing facilities around the world,” said SEMI president and CEO, Denny McGuirk. “That’s why we are so pleased to see bipartisan legislation be signed into law that will support industry development and jobs in the U.S.”

“This bill focuses our nation’s strengths toward a common goal: revitalization of American manufacturing and innovation,” Senator Sherrod Brown said. “When American manufacturing moves to other countries, we don’t just lose production — we lose innovation. A Network for Manufacturing Innovation would foster public-private partnerships that give small businesses, industry leaders, and research institutions the tools they need to compete on a global scale. These regional, industry-led hubs will leverage local expertise and will create thousands of high-paying, high-tech manufacturing jobs for American workers. We’ve seen it work in Youngstown, now it’s time to advance this effort nationwide.”

“Our bill is about ensuring America’s future as a world leader in advanced manufacturing by fostering two things: innovation and jobs,” said Representative Tom Reed, the House sponsor of the bill. “We are creating high-tech, high-paying manufacturing jobs not just for people today but for their children and for their children’s children —  so that generations of Americans far into the future will have opportunities to create and innovate here at home.”

For more information on SEMI, please visit: www.semi.org

SEMICON Europa 2014 in Grenoble Expands by 40%: Increasing Opportunities as Supply Chain Complexity Grows

October 7th, 2014

SEMICON Europa 2014, the industry’s opportunity to network with customers, suppliers, partners and peers, opens today at ALPEXPO in Grenoble with more than 400 exhibiting companies. Learn about the latest innovative technologies, products, applications and business opportunities both within the European community and globally. Companies like Applied Materials, Intel, Infineon, Microsoft, Philips, Samsung, Sony, STMicroelectronics, and Tokyo Electron will present their strategies and requirements in SEMICON Europa programs and on the exhibition floor.SEMICON Europa 2014 (7-9 October) also features the new “Allée des Clusters” and Innovation Village, which will showcase more than 35 start-up companies and their innovative products and capabilities.

SEMICON Europa offers semiconductor Front-End manufacturing programs, including the 18th annual Fab Managers Forum, as well as programs on the Internet of Things, Automation Level in Fabs, and Smart Connected Sensor Devices. Consumers continue to drive an ever increasing demand for mobile electronics and interconnectivity — for both work and play. New devices are being developed and sensor applications are soaring to meet future requirements for processing and transmitting data/information across a variety of applications (i.e. healthcare, industrial, security, entertainment, energy efficiency, etc.). SEMICON Europa highlights include Electronic Applications (Imaging Conference and Nanoelectronics for Healthcare Session) and Electronic Components (Low Power Conference and Power Electronics Conference).

Other conference programs at SEMICON Europa (www.semiconeuropa.org) will explore 450mm wafer processing and other critical issues in Fab Management, Advanced Packaging, 3D IC, Test and MEMS. Now in its third decade, SEMICON Europa’s new location leverages the growing strengths of Grenoble’s technology businesses, academia and institutions to showcase a diverse array of products, solutions and opportunities spanning the most advanced innovations in the European nano-manufacturing industry.

SEMICON Europa 2014 will be held on 7-9 October in conjunction with the Plastics Electronics Conference (www.plastic-electronics.org) to showcase Europe’s most innovative companies, institutions and people. For more information on SEMI Europe, visit www.semi.org/eu.

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