Photo - Ng Kai Fai, Pres. of SEMI SEA
Global semiconductor industry organisation SEMI expects Southeast Asia's semiconductor investment to grow 100 percent this year.
"The semiconductor industry has the potential to be an engine of strong continued growth for the Southeast Asia economy," said SEMI SEA's president Ng Kai Fai, during the recent SEMICON Southeast Asia 2016 (SEMICON SEA 2016) event held in the Subterranean Penang International Convention and Exhibition Centre (SPICE) in Penang, Malaysia.
"It is a very vibrant and changing market," said Ng. "The front-end, or processing segment of the industry, is expected to see a capital investment grow at over 100 percent (approaching US$$2 billion) in SEA alone this year, following increases in memory demand for data storage and mobile applications globally."
He said the Southeast Asia semiconductor landscape was sounding a transformative note for the new 'Hybrid Age' denoted by the exhibition, which featured new business opportunities, and cross-regional engagement, across all segments of the microelectronics industries, from semiconductors and equipment, to LEDs, advanced packaging, test systems, IoT, and other adjacent markets.
"The SEA semiconducter community is only starting to network, collaborate and innovate, especially in the nascent Wafer Level and System Level Packaging industries, and it is looking to become a larger player in this US$19 billion global industry," Ng said.
This year's event also addressed expanding applications markets like mobile devices, and other connected "Internet of Things" (IoT) technologies.
Penang - Silicon Valley of the East
Following last year's inaugural event in Penang, Ng said this year's three-day event had a 27 percent increase in new company attendees. A total of 6,125 industry players attended the three-day conference which was anchored by 199 exhibitors from across the Southeast Asia region, an increase from 181 in 2015.
"SEMICON SEA 2016 featured more than 60 industry speakers and 200 companies coming together to learn about the latest technology developments and strategies from industry leaders," he said.
Last year, Ng said Penang was selected for the inaugural SEMICON Southeast Asia regional exhibition because of its reputation as the 'Silicon Valley of the East'.
"For next year, we expect to attract even more exhibitors and speakers from around the world," Ng said, adding that SEMICON SEA 2016 focused on trends and solutions in semiconductor design and manufacturing, including expanding applications markets, many of which require development of specialised materials, packaging, and test technologies, as well as new architectures and processes.
"Overall, we are pleased with the success of SEMICON Southeast Asia 2016," he said. "For the upcoming SEMICON SEA 2017, we plan to enhance the value of the event by offering dedicated pavilions including two new focused on Packaging and Failure Analysis."
In addition to industry players, partners for SEMICON SEA 2016 include Invest Penang, LEDExpo Thailand 2016, VLSI Consultancy, MATRADE, Malaysia Investment & Development Authority (MIDA), Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia, Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB), Penang Tourism, SAMENTA and Singapore Manufacturing Federation.
Established 1970, more than 1,900 member companies are part of SEMI, which has offices in Bangalore, Beijing, Berlin, Brussels, Grenoble, Hsinchu, Moscow, San Jose, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo, and Washington, D.C. SEMI Southeast Asia was established in 1993.
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