SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The SEMI trade group has suffered another layoff.
''SEMI has had a series of reductions in force over the year to scale the organization to available resources,''
said Jonathan Davis, president of SEMI North America.
''Last week, 16 additional positions were eliminated -- taking the total headcount reduction this year to about 22 percent (roughly 50 full time positions). In addition, a couple dozen contractors, temporary workers or consultants have had contracts terminated or not renewed. We now stand worldwide at about 174 full time employees,'' he said in an e-mail.
It's been a tough year for SEMI's trade show business, especially Semicon West. ''The 2009 show was small in comparison to previous years. The number of booths were reduced considerably, and foot traffic was light. SEMI will have numbers out soon, but booths and attendance appeared to be down nearly 40 percent,'' said Dean Freeman, an analyst for Gartner Inc.