SEMI to Hold its 20th European Industry Strategy Symposium


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SEMI to Hold its 20th European Industry Strategy Symposium
(ISS Europe 2007) on 4-6 February in Zurich, Switzerland

BRUSSELS, Belgium – 22 January 2007 – “Mobilizing Europe’s strengths” is the theme of the 20th European Industry Strategy Symposium (ISS Europe) which will be held at the Kongress Haus Zurich, in Zurich (Switzerland) on 4-6 February 2007. The conference features high-level executives presenting on a range of topics vital to the European semiconductor industry including European investment opportunities, public policy, EHS and social legislation.

Europe boasts 283 IC-related production sites in microelectronics alone, and leads in the automotive and telecom industries. Recently, Europe has taken the lead in renewable energies such as photovoltaic and energy conservation. All of these markets are rapidly developing and address the needs of consumers and society as a whole. Europe has a highly qualified workforce, and is home to major semiconductor clusters in Grenoble, Dresden and Belgium/Holland, as well as regionally renowned R&D institutions.

“With the East expansion, Europe can rely on competitive manufacturing opportunities within our continent,” said Heinz Kundert, president of SEMI Europe. “In order to secure timely commercialization it is essential that all of the players work together closely, to ensure the industry maintains its steady pace. ISS Europe provides a useful platform for sharing information, and participating in discussions which will help improve and refine our business strategies.”

Business developments in the semiconductor industry, technology developments and new opportunities for investments, industry competitiveness and forecasts are the three sessions of ISS Europe 2007. Business, technologies and investments will be presented by CEO and higher executives from Nokia, INTEL, AMD, STMicroelectronics, NXP Semiconductors, IBM, Bosch, Applied Materials, SOITEC, Schott Solar, Lehman Brothers, PDF Solutions and forecasts by industry experts from Future Horizons, VLSI Research, iSupply, IC Insights and SEMI. “European Competitiveness in Action” will be the topic of the final presentation by Jean-Philippe Dauvin, retired chief economist of STMicroelectronics.

Investment opportunities in Europe, public spending policy, how to better involve SMEs in EU Research Framework programs, workforce development issues, environmental and social legislation constraints will be the core topics of the panel discussion at the end of the first day (5 February) composed of the CEO’s and executives of all major IC manufacturers in Europe.

The guest speaker for this 20th edition is Professor Garelli, author of the IMD’s World Competitiveness Yearbook and professor at the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) of Lausanne, Switzerland who will discuss European competitiveness.

For additional information or to register for the conference, please visit www.semi.org/isseurope or contact Johanna Turpeinen at SEMI Europe at +32 2 289 64 96 or jturpeinen@semi.org.

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:

Vincent Dubois / SEMI Europe
Tel: +32 2 289 64 95
E-mail: vdubois@semi.org

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