Advancing the Russian microelectronics industry — SEMICON Russia 2014 On May 13-15, the key industry players, science institutes and innovation business representatives will gather in Moscow at SEMICON Russia — the premier Russian semiconductor exhibition and conference. The Microelectronics Market Conference (May 13) associated with SEMICON Russia will be held at Technopolis, Moscow, while the Exhibition (May 14-15) will be held at the Moscow Expocentre. Topics include: Advanced Packaging and MEMS, as well as exhibitor presentations in the TechARENA on the show floor. Over 2,000 attendees are expected from more than 30 countries. Semiconductor and related industries enjoy a high level of support by the government, and SEMICON Russia offers market information, technical knowledge and networking opportunities. Investment opportunities exist in Russia for semiconductor and related technologies — Russia is set to invest into R&D and industrialization of local semiconductor manufacturing. With economic growth, expanding university/state funding programs, and foreign investments, the Russian technology industry is progressing. With the race for innovation and new programs for electronics development for 2015-2025, Russia offers new opportunities for the market players — including public-private partnership project development. In Russia, there is a sense of urgency about removing trade barriers and other bureaucracy, especially for high-tech products. Russian companies are looking for technical alliances to catch up with Western companies as quickly as possible. The Microelectronics Market Conference on May 13 will provide a very effective platform for learning about the regional and global market, identifying promising areas for investment, establishing new contacts and developing mutually beneficial cooperation between Russian and foreign companies. The year’s edition will focus on “Shaping up the Russian Microelectronics Industry.” Launched in 2000, the Conference has established a reputation as an important event for microelectronics and related industries specialists. Heinz Kundert, president of SEMI Europe, will open the Conference with a SEMI Market Update. The opening keynote will be provided by Alexey Kommissarov, director of the Department of Science, Industrial Policy and Entrepreneurship, Moscow City Government. In addition, Frost & Sullivan will present new data based on their recent market research on the electronic and semiconductor segment in Russia. Other speakers featured at the Microelectronics Conference include representatives from: CNII Electronica, Concern Vega, ETU “LETI” SPb, El-Tech SPb, CrocusNano Electronics, Russian MEMS Association, and STMicroelectronics. The TechAREA is free for all registered visitors and offer sessions on MEMS, Advanced Packaging, and Exhibitor presentations. This year the event is sponsored by SVCS. Supporters include: Moscow City Government, Department of RadioElectronics of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, Special Economic Zone Zelenograd and the Cluster of Zelenograd. Opportunities to exhibit are still available at SEMICON Russia. For more information on exhibiting or attending SEMICON Russia 2014, visit: www.semiconrussia.org.