January 2009

In This Issue

China Market Growth Fueled by Government Spending

South Korea: First Out of the Gate when Economy Recovers?

PV Standards Roadmap Effort Confirms Major Cost Savings

SEMI Pushes for Solar Energy Provisions in Economic Stimulus Package

"Support the Semiconductor Industry" Urges SEMI Europe

SEMI Members Discuss IP with European Commission Officials

Russian Spending: $5 Billion for Nanotech Development

High Tech U Wraps Up a Busy 2008


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

"Support the Semiconductor Industry" SEMI Europe Urges the EU

Last month the SEMI European Advisory Board reached out to 40 people from the European Commission. The goal? To call on EU and national policymakers to support the European semiconductor industry given the primary importance of the industry to the health and global competitiveness of the EU economy...(more)

Working together, we can improve the competitiveness of the semiconductor equipment and materials industry in Europe. We need your participation at our next major event, which is the Industry Strategy Symposium (ISS), held from 1-3 February in Dresden.

Heinz Kundert
www.semi.org/europe



ISS Europe 2009
Attending ISS is now more important than ever!
1-3 February, Dresden, Germany

European SEMI Award Call for Nomination
Due: 16 January 2009


China Market Growth Fueled by Government Spending during Industry Downturn
The China central and local governments have announced investment of up to $50 billion in semiconductor-related projects until 2020, changing the investment business model for the global semiconductor industry. Equipment and materials suppliers who leverage their current China industry relationships and expand their contacts to the next generation buyers will prosper.

South Korea: First Out of the Gate when Economy Recovers?
By Lara Chamness and Edwin Hall, SEMI
South Korea has experienced impressive growth in the semiconductor equipment market for the last five years, but the current turmoil with the global economy has temporarily slowed down capital expenditures in this region. When the economy starts to recover, South Korea will most likely be one of the first regions to invest in capacity additions.

PV Standards Roadmap Effort Confirms Major Cost Savings Available
SEMI is set to release this month a PV Standards Roadmap Guidance Document that identifies over 64 existing SEMI standards and safety guidelines that are applicable to PV manufacturing. Thirty-one of these standards have significant cost-savings potential for the industry with little or no revision.

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SEMI Pushes for Solar Energy Provisions in Economic Stimulus Package
Congress is working to enact an economic stimulus package by February 13. During 2008, SEMI successfully lobbied Members of Congress to extend the solar energy investment tax credit (ITC), but the financial market crisis and the downturn in the economy have made it hard to invest in solar energy.

"Support the Semiconductor Industry," SEMI Europe Urges
At the 3rd SEMI Brussels Forum, the EU and national policymakers were urged to support the European semiconductor industry-- given the primary importance of the industry to the health and global competitiveness of the EU economy.

SEMI Members Discuss IP with European Commission
As part of the 3rd Brussels Forum, SEMI organized visits with the European Commission to discuss IP issues. SEMI member companies met with the European Commission Directorates General for Trade and Internal Market to discuss the economic impact of IP infringement on semiconductor equipment and materials suppliers.

Russia Spending Continues: $5 Billion for Nanotechnology Development
In spite of the current economic situation, the Russian government continues to fund local and international projects. Specifically, the Russian State Corporation of Nanotechnologies (RosNano) was granted over US$ 5B for funding projects related to nanotechnology development. Plus a detailed report from Russia.

High Tech U Wraps Up a Busy 2008
As 2008 comes to a close, it is time to look back at High Tech U's successes. Since its inception in 2001, HTU has reached approximately 2,500 students directly, as well as an additional 41,000 students who have been reached through the 476 teachers that have participated in the HTU Teacher Edition programs.


Calendar


Europe
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

FPD China 2009
March 11-13

SEMICON China 2009
March 17-19

SOLARCON China 2009
March 17-19

North America Events
Industry Strategy Symposium 2009
January 11-14


Strategic Materials Conference 2009
January 14-16


SEMI Austin Technology Tuesday
January 20


DesignCon (SEMI sponsored)
February 2-5


BiTS Workshop
March 9-11


February Classes
Semiconductor Cleanroom Mgmt

MEMS Design & Fabrication

ABC's of Basic Electronics

March Classes
Plasma Etching & RIE: Fund & Applications

Chemical Mechanical Planarization

Semi Optoelectronics & Photonics

Intro to IC Design & Fabrication

Combating Aggressive Supply Chain Mgmt

SEMI New England Breakfast Forum

NA Standards Spring Meetings

Experiment Design for Mfg Development

      


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