December 2008

In This Issue

Fab Spending Levels for 2009 Down 25%—Lowest Levels since 2003

Atsutoshi Nishida Receives Akira Inoue Award for EHS Excellence

Training and Education Initiative Launched for the Photovoltaic (PV) Industry

Jonathan Davis Named President of SEMI North America

Industry Transformation on the Agenda at ISS and SMC

Godzilla-like Substrate Sizes— a Huge Challenge for Equipment Suppliers

An Interview with a Former HTU Student


From the SEMI® Europe President
Heinz Kundert, President, SEMI Europe

Will 2009 be a re-run of 2001 in semiconductors? Most industry analysts say "no"— neither in depth nor length— although a chip market contraction in 2009 is unavoidable. The question becomes "How bad will it be?" Most are still bullish on the long-term prospects, expecting a market rebound in 2010-11 that could be much stronger than many anticipate. In the meantime, the challenge is to manage the downturn and to prepare for the upturn, which is not new to our industry.

Is there a silver lining in the economic clouds? Yes, I believe that what is currently happening in the continued development of the photovoltaic market is great news although the solar industry will also be affected by the global economic downturn. The long-term prospects remain excellent, no doubt...(more)

Heinz Kundert
www.semi.org/europe



Call for Nomination: European SEMI Award
Due: 16 January 2009


Fab Spending Levels for 2009 Down 25%—Lowest Levels since 2003
Fasten your Seat Belt - this Ride is not Over Yet
By Christian Gregor Dieseldorff, SEMI Industry Research and Statistics
The economic crisis continues, fab projects are delayed or have been pushed out. Where will the spending and investment activity take place in 2009?

Atsutoshi Nishida Receives Akira Inoue Award for EHS Excellence
Atsutoshi Nishida, president and CEO of Toshiba Corporation, is the recipient of the Akira Inoue Award for outstanding achievement in environment, health and safety in the semiconductor industry. Under Mr. Nishida's leadership, the "Toshiba Group Environmental Vision 2050" was introduced in November 2007.

Training and Education Initiative Launched for the Photovoltaic (PV) Industry
The PV industry has experienced tremendous growth over the past five years, placing enormous pressures on Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) needs and practices in the industry.

Jonathan Davis Jonathan Davis Named President of SEMI North America
Effective January 1, 2009, Jonathan Davis, executive vice president of Global Expositions, Marketing and EHS, will assume the position of president of SEMI North America.


ISS Europe 2009
Registration Open. CEO Keynotes include: Peter Bauer, Alain Dutheil, Hans-Juergen Straub...


Industry Transformation on the Agenda at ISS and SMC
The current economic climate and success strategies for the coming decade will be the focus of the Industry Strategy Symposium (January 11-14) and Strategy Materials Conference (January 14-16), held in Half Moon Bay, California.

Godzilla-like Substrate Sizes— a Huge Challenge for Equipment Suppliers
By John Boyd
Currently, the Sharp-Sony joint-venture TFT-LCD Gen 10 fab is under construction in Sakai City, near Osaka in Western Japan. The fab is slated to start up in spring 2010—just about the time that Samsung Electronics says it could begin construction on its Gen 11 plant.

An Interview with a Former HTU Student
Recently, High Tech U observed a milestone as several of its early students began graduating from college. SEMI's Scott Smith interviewed Katherine Riester.


Calendar of Events


Europe
SEMI Brussels Forum(by invitation only)
9-10 December

ISS Europe
1-3 February 2009

Photovoltaic Fab Managers Forum
8-10 March 2009

IEEE/SEMI Advanced Semiconductor Manufacturing Conference
10-12 May 2009

SEMI Standards Spring Event
13-14 May 2009

Intersolar
27-29 May 2009

SEMICON Russia
2-4 June 2009

S2K
3-4 June 2009

IMEC ARRM
3-4 June 2009

SEMI Member Forum
12 June 2009

Asia
SEMICON Korea 2009
January 20-22

SOLARCON Korea 2009
January 20-22

North America
ISS US 2009
January 11-14


SMC 2009
January 14-16


Semiconductor Cleanroom Management
February 2-3


Fundamentals of MEMS Design and Fabrication
February 20


ABC's of Basic Electronics
February 26


      


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