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The global SEMI Supply Chain Management (SCM) Initiative leverages SEMI’s broad and deep industry reach to unite member companies from every sector of the microelectronics ecosystem to collectively identify and address pressing supply chain challenges. The initiative is committed to driving engagement, facilitating data collection, and ensuring alignment in global end-to-end supply chain continuity.

Why do we need a SEMI Supply Chain Initiative? 

Semiconductors have become ubiquitous in recent years, with all aspects of society having become extremely dependent on chips. Demand has expanded from traditional applications for PCs and mobile phones to include automobiles and other connected applications, fueled by 5G and Internet of Things (IoT) to propel the Intelligent Data Age. The electronics industry has been severely challenged by new disruptors that have accelerated in magnitude and frequency and have exposed the inherent vulnerabilities and interdependencies of multi-tier, global supplier relationships. The new disruptors include: 

  • Increasing geopolitical conflicts that point to the need for integrated and aligned global policies that often remain elusive and uncoordinated 
  • Escalating unplanned events such as natural disasters and pandemics 
  • Heightened global focus on sustainability, safety, and security 

Main Pillars of the SEMI SCM Initiative

  • Engagement: Establish Global (and later Regional) Industry Advisory Councils to guide priorities
  • Collaboration: Create Collaboration platforms for informtion exchange, education and thought leadership
  • Benchmarking: Conduct Quarterly SCM pulse surveys with McKinsey & Company to track industry dynamics and benchmark best practices
  • Industry Alignment: Drive standards for SCM visibility and tranparency through SEMI's International Standards Program
  • Develop a SCM industry blueprint to chart a robust path forward for all supply chain segments

Top Supply Chain Challenges identified by SEMI member companies

  • Insufficient electronics supply chain-specific market data and metrics to enable faster decision making
  • No dedicated global forum to share benchmarks, best practices and ROI clarity to ease implementations and validate investments
  • Lack of understanding of supply chain complexities related to multi-tier, global supply chains
    • Visibility
    • Transparency
    • Resiliency
  • Lack of supply chain talent to accelerate adoption of AI and advanced supply chain capabilities