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SEMI forecasts strong growth for A-PAC chip industry

Posted: 13 May 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:IC industry? forecast? fab spending?

Singapore remains the second largest city of semiconductor output and manufacturing hub in Asia. Leveraging this favorable environment, many global semiconductor companies have chosen to locate their Asian headquarter in Singapore with IM Flash Technologies opening its $3 billion facility most recently in April. Foundries such as GlobalFoundries and SSMC also announced new investments and accelerated their hiring.

David Wilhoit adds that "Approximately two-thirds of all 300mm wafers are consumed in Asia Pacific region which makes Singapore an important base for us to support our customers."

Strong government support and a high-quality workforce are considered as the essential attraction for global companies to locate in Singapore. "The local government interacts closely with the industry to create a supportive manufacturing environment which includes developing the highly motivated and educated workforce. Currently 87 percent of our indirect labor is staffed with Singaporeans or PRs," says Wilhoit.

Rodney Morgan, co-executive officer of IM Flash Technologies, who also serves as the chairman of SEMI's Singapore Regional Advisory Board (RAB), states that Singapore provides a great deal of opportunity, but it needs to focus on raising the visibility of the semiconductor industry through workforce development and awareness management.

Tsao also says that "SEMI is working hard with the semiconductor industry ecosystem in Singapore to take the Singapore semiconductor industry to the next level."

Singapore remains an important base of semiconductor packaging and testing. Last month, IME just announced the IME-AMAT Center of Excellence in Advance Packaging.

"Singapore's manufacturing sector is positioned for higher economic growth with advanced packaging manufacturing capabilities such as through-silicon via (TSV) and wafer level packaging (WLP), technologies that enable higher performance and functionality in 3D-IC and MEMS applications. This is an emerging trend that will continue to develop globally. In addition, Singapore continues to contribute significantly in these technology developments given the strong and established semiconductor R&D capabilities," says Professor Dim-Lee Kwong, executive officer of IME.

A COO Series Forum is conducted on the first day of SEMICON Singapore gathering speakers from AMAT, ASML, IM Flash Technologies, Infineon, KLA-Tencor, Lantiq and UMC to discuss the issue of raising manufacturing efficiency and productivity, while driving down the costs.

"SEMICON Singapore is more than an exposition, it is the platform that connects our ecosystem, set benchmarks for driving manufacturing efficiency, and nurture more high-quality workforce for the industry," says Tsao.

There are five technical forums held at the show covering market trends, COO Series, MEMS, Advanced Packaging, Product Test Engineering and solar/PV & LED.

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