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 2006

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

SAN JOSE, Calif. – December 20, 2005 – SEMI has announced its support for a U.S. Government-sponsored Microelectronics Trade Mission that will coincide with the SEMICON China 2006 exposition in March.

The U.S. Department of Commerce International Trade Administration (DOC/ITA) will host the trade mission in Shanghai from March 20-23 and a senior ITA official will lead the delegation. Mission participants will include representatives from a wide range of U.S. firms specializing in all areas of semiconductor design, distribution and manufacture. They will gain first-hand exposure to the market through pre-arranged meetings with government decision makers and local companies as well as potential agents, distributors, and business partners from the private sector. SEMI will provide exhibition space at SEMICON China 2006, to be held in Shanghai from March 21-23.

"SEMI is pleased to offer ongoing support to the U.S. Department of Commerce in promoting cross-border microelectronic business between the U.S. and China," said Stanley T. Myers, president and CEO of SEMI. “The Trade Mission, as those that SEMI has supported in previous years, provides a solid opportunity for small to mid-sized companies to begin building a global presence by establishing a foothold within the rapidly growing Chinese technology market.

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 provide equipment, materials and services used to manufacture semiconductors, displays, nano-scaled structures, micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) and related technologies. 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:

Scott Smith/SEMI
Tel: 1.408.943.7957
E-mail: ssmith@semi.org

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