MUNICH, Germany As reported earlier by EE Times Europe, the Semicon Europa trade fair will take place in Dresden in the future. The organizer of the event quoted requests from the industry and a changing semiconductor environment as the reasons to again transplant the venue of the event.
"In response to the changing semiconductor manufacturing environment, requests from members, exhibitors and attendees and with strong support from the State of Saxony and the City of Dresden, SEMI is pleased to hold Semicon in one of the leading technology and manufacturing clusters in Europe", said Heinz Kundert, President of SEMI Europe, during a press conference in Dresden.
According to the organization, the Saxonian Capital has become a vital center for semiconductor and photovoltaics industries in Europe. Three of Europe's largest chip manufacturers, 50 percent of the European semiconductor output and about 80 percent of Germany's solar PV production are located within 150 km of the city. More than 1200 equipment and materials companies as well as several research institutes including the Technical University of Dresden are also located in this area, Kundert said.
While the next Semicon Europa fair will take place for the second and last time in Stuttgart (from October 7 through October 9, 2008), the next but one event will take in Dresden from October 6 through October 8, 2009.