Hsin-chu, Taiwan--Sept. 21, 1997--Coming trends in the global semiconductor marketplace that will be critical to Taiwan's planned growth in this important technology will be the focus of an industry strategy symposium later this year that will be jointly produced by the global Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI) trade association and the year-old Taiwan Semiconductor Industry Association (TSIA).
The SEMI/TSIA Industry Strategy Symposium, to be held Dec. 1-2 at the Ta Shee Country Club in Taoyuan, will provide managers, directors, and engineers of Taiwan semiconductor producers with information and insight that can help them compete successfully for global business. It will be the first such event ever held in Taiwan but will be patterned after the annual ISS conferences organized by SEMI in Japan, Korea, Europe, and the United States.
The two-day conference will feature keynote presentations by industry leaders: W.J. Sanders III, president and CEO of Advanced Micro Devices Inc. and Stan Shih, chairman of the Acer Group.
The conference will also include a number of other noted local and international speakers, including Morris Chang, chairman of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp. (TSMC) and Vanguard International Semiconductor Corp. (VISC); Robert Tsao, chairman of United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC); Ding Hua Hu, chairman of Macronix Corp. (MXIC); Nicky C.C. Lu, chairman of ETRON; and D.Y. Yang, president of Winbond Electronics.
International speakers will include Malcolm Thompson, chairman of the U.S. Display Consortium (USDC); Daeje Chin, executive vice president and CEO at Samsung-Korea; and Paul Franklin, senior vice president of operations at S3-USA.
The program will also include a panel discussion on high tech investment and finance in Taiwan, to be moderated by Andy Wang of Taiwan's Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), and include panelists from Macronix, China Securities, Merrill Lynch, Paine Weber, and UBS.
Semiconductor production value in Taiwan will exceed US$8.3 billion in 1997 and semiconductor manufacturing companies have recently announced as many as 28 proposed projects, with investments totaling more than US$40 billion in the next 10 years. In the first six months of 1997, Taiwan has become the world's third largest market (behind the U.S. and Japan) for semiconductor manufacturing equipment, with year-end equipment purchases expected to exceed US$3.7 billion.
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