SEMI and SNEIA Announce Collaboration for Largest Photovoltaic Exhibitions


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SEMI AND SNEIA ANNOUNCE COLLABORATION TO ESTABLISH THE LARGEST PHOTOVOLTAIC EXHIBITION AND CONFERENCE IN CHINA

PV Power Expo 2009 will be Largest Photovoltaic Event in China

SHANGHAI, China, March 18, 2008 – SEMI and the Shanghai New Energy Industry Association (SNEIA) today announced a joint agreement to cooperate on photovoltaic (PV) industry development in the region, including co-organization of the largest PV event in China, PV Power Expo 2009, which will serve as a platform for communication and exchange among global photovoltaic institutions in China.

SNEIA has been organizing successful exhibitions in Shanghai focused on the photovoltaic supply chain for several years, including PV Power Expo 2008, which will be held May 10-12, 2008 at the Shanghai Everbright Convention and Exhibition Center. The first event co-organized with SEMI will be PV Power Expo 2009, held May 7-9, 2009, also at the Shanghai Everbright Convention and Exhibition Center. PV Power 2009 is expected to feature more than 1500 booths, covering more than 23,000 square meters, with over 20,000 attendees.

SEMI, which has organized the SEMICON China exhibition since 1988 and has grown that event to one of the largest and most successful microelectronics industry expositions in Asia, has increasingly supported the development of PV events around the world. A global industry association with more than 2,000 corporate members worldwide, SEMI has more than 500 members who are involved in the development and supply of photovoltaic manufacturing equipment, materials, and technologies. Currently, SEMI supports PV-related events in every major photovoltaic manufacturing region around the world, including Europe (SEMICON Europa, PV Fab Managers Forum), Japan (PV Japan), and North America (Intersolar North America). The co-organization of PV Power Expo will extend SEMI's service to the global PV industry into China, one of the fastest-growing markets for PV manufacturing.

“The SEMI/SNEIA agreement unites the China’s key associations for semiconductor manufacture and photovoltaic technologies,” said Mark Ding, president of SEMI China. “We are glad to cooperate with SNEIA, as we are both non-profit, service oriented industry associations. SNEIA has wide member basis in China. The advantages of each party will jointly create the most fruitful and successful international Photovoltaic industry exchange platform in China.”

“We are glad to cooperate with SEMI, the successful and long history industry organization,” said Ms. Yue Mi, executive vice chair of SNEIA, “We will learn from SEMI on their 30 year of experiences and know-how, and provide better service to our members, as well as to the whole industry. With the help of SEMI, we can introduce global standards, advanced technology and management concepts, and market opportunities to China, and at the same time, introduce China companies to the world."

Through the cooperation with SNEIA, SEMI expects to provide better service to its global members who conduct business in China, building on its experience as an international association connecting local and global companies through trade events, conferences, standards development, and other activities that promote the growth and development of business and technology.

The partnership with SNEIA also extends SEMI's strategy of working with global PV partners in contributing to leading, established events, rather than developing new events alone. Through the partnership with SEMI, PV Power Expo can grow as an international event connected to the global network of SEMI organized and sponsored photovoltaic industry events and activities.

In addition to the existing exhibition and conferences, SEMI will also help spur the China PV industry’s involvement in SEMI global standards, SEMI EHS and Global CareTM, and SEMI data collection programs. SEMI will continue to serve its members, as well as non-members in the PV industry, through market reports, media advertising, consulting services, public policy and advocacy initiatives.

About SNEIA:

Shanghai New Energy Industry Association (SNEIA) is a non profit organization which was founded and directed by Shanghai Economic Committee. SNEIA has more than 200 member companies including solar cell/modules manufacturers, equipment vendors, factory design and engineering companies, electricity suppliers and investment groups in new energy industry. Business SNEIA covers: information and technology exchanges, technical consulting, marketing services, training, and exhibitions. For more information, visit www.sneia.org.

About SEMI:

SEMI is the global industry association serving the manufacturing supply chains for the microelectronic, display and photovoltaic industries. SEMI member companies are the engine of the future, enabling smarter, faster and more economical products that improve our lives. Since 1970, SEMI has been committed to helping members grow more profitably, create new markets and meet common industry challenges. SEMI maintains offices in Austin, Beijing, Brussels, Hsinchu, Moscow, San Jose, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo, and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit www.semi.org.