KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 15 – SEMI, the global semiconductor industry association serving the entire manufacturing supply chain, concluded SEMICON Southeast Asia 2016 (SEMICON SEA 2016) on a transfomative note. The exhibition emphasized 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.
Ng Kai Fai, Pres. of SEMI SEA, said “The semiconductor industry has the potential to be an engine of strong continued growth for the Southeast Asia economy. It is a very vibrant and changing market. The front-end, or processing segment of the industry, is expected to see a capital investment grow at over 100% (approaching USD$2 billion) in SEA alone this year, following increases in memory demand for data storage and mobile applications globally.”
“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. For next year, we expect to attract even more exhibitors and speakers from around the world. We have already secured 143 exhibitors for the upcoming exhibition which will once again be held in Penang.”
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. In addition, the event had a 27% increase in new company attendees. The event connected decision makers from leading and emerging semiconductor companies from both the SEA region and world, and attracted an influential audience from a cross-sector of the global microelectronics industry.
Held in the Subterranean Penang International Convention and Exhibition Centre (SPICE) in Penang, 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. The event also addressed expanding applications markets like mobile devices, and other connected “Internet of Things” (IoT) technologies.
“Overall, we are pleased with the success of SEMICON Southeast Asia 2016. 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,” Ng continued. “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 USD19 billion global industry.”
Sponsors for SEMICON SEA 2016 included Advantest, Applied Materials, AMEC, ASE, Chip Shine, Edward Technologies, GLOBALFOUNDRIES, EV Group, Festo, Indium, KLA-Tencor, Kulicke & Soffa, Lam Research, SCREEN, Siemens, Tokyo Electron and Xcerra Corporation. Partners 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.