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

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 and follow SEMI on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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