U.S. Microelectronics Trade Mission to be held in Conjunction with SEMICON China


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U.S. MICROELECTRONICS TRADE MISSION TO BE HELD IN CONJUNCTION WITH SEMICON CHINA 2005

Opportunity for Small to Medium-Sized Companies to Explore China Market

SAN JOSE, Calif., January 7, 2005 -- SEMI has announced its support for a U.S. Government-sponsored Microelectronics Trade Mission that will coincide with the SEMICON China 2005 exposition in March.

The U.S. Department of Commerce International Trade Administration (DOC/ITA) will host the trade mission to Shanghai from March 14-17 and a senior ITA official will lead the delegation. SEMI will support the initiative by providing exhibition space at SEMICON China 2005, to be held in Shanghai from March 15 to 17.

"SEMI is again pleased to support the U.S. Department of Commerce in its efforts to promote business co-operation between the microelectronics industries in China and the U.S.," said Stanley T. Myers, president and CEO of SEMI. “The trade mission provides an excellent opportunity for small to medium-sized companies to take advantage of opportunities in the growing Chinese technology market.”

Mission participants will gain first-hand market exposure through meetings with government decision makers and potential agents, distributors, and business partners from the private sector. The mission will include representatives from U.S. firms specializing in microelectronics manufacturing and distribution.

To join the China Microelectronics Trade Mission or find out further information, call Marlene Ruffin at 202.482.0570, or email Marlene.Ruffin@mail.doc.gov. Alternatively, visit the ITA website at www.ita.doc.gov

SEMI is a global industry association serving companies that develop and provide manufacturing technology and materials to the global semiconductor, flat panel display, MEMS and related microelectronics industries. SEMI maintains offices in Austin, Beijing, Brussels, Hsinchu, Moscow, San Jose (Calif.), Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit www.semi.org

ASSOCIATION CONTACTS:

Jonathan Davis/SEMI
Tel: 1.408.943.6937
E-mail: jdavis@semi.org

Maggie Hershey
Tel: 1.202.289.0440
E-mail: mhershey@semi.org