The inaugural SEMICON Southeast Asia, will run from 22–24 April at the Subterranean Penang International Convention and Exhibition Centre (SPICE) in Penang, Malaysia. The event promises to be larger and more comprehensive than its predecessor SEMICON Singapore, which has been held annually since 1993, with an expanded programme and larger audience base focusing on Southeast Asia communities in the semiconductor and microelectronics sector. The expanded strategy for the new SEMICON Southeast Asia Show — between Singapore, Malaysia and potentially the rest of the regions — will open new business opportunities for customers and foster stronger cross-regional engagement, according to SEMI, the event organiser. SEMICON Southeast Asia will feature a tradeshow exhibition, networking events, market and technology seminars, and conferences.
The event will connect decision makers from leading and emerging semiconductor companies with important industry stakeholders from both the region and all over the world. Penang was selected for the inaugural SEMICON Southeast Asia exhibition because of its reputation as the “Silicon Valley of the East” and Malaysia’s vibrant eco-system, coupled with the drive and support from the state government. Focusing on key trends and technologies in semiconductor design and manufacturing, the event also addresses expanding applications markets like mobile devices and other connected “Internet of Things” (IoT) technologies, many of which require development of specialised materials, packaging, and test technologies, as well as new architectures and processes.
For 2015 and 2016, SEMI estimates spending of almost US$ 5 billion on front-end and back-end equipment in the Southeast Asia region, and another $14 billion in spending on materials including $11 billion on packaging-related materials. In addition, according to the SEMI (www.semi.org) World Fab Forecast, Southeast Asia is home to over 35 production fabs covering Foundry, Compound Semiconductors, MEMS, Power, LED, and other devices.
Ng Kai Fai, President of SEMI Southeast Asia, said, “Southeast Asia is a significant and exciting market for the semiconductor industry. In fact, the region contributes a substantial 27 percent of global assembly, test and production, on top of being the largest market for assembly and test equipment.”
“SEMICON Southeast Asia is a natural progression from its earlier SEMICON Singapore exhibition and actively unites industry participants throughout the region. In addition to offering a deep networking opportunity for industry stakeholders, the event is also a catalyst for industry players within the region to collaborate and innovate to become larger players in this US$ 19 billion industry. This year, we expect about 60 industry speakers and close to 200 companies to participate in SEMICON Southeast Asia,” he added.
According to En. Zulkefli Haji Sharif, CEO of Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau, “We are delighted to be able to host SEMICON Southeast Asia here in 2015. This prestigious event will showcase the best of the semiconductor industry and attendees can expect to find out more about the latest developments in microelectronics field. We have the utmost confidence that Penang will live up to all expectations as an attractive business events destination, and that the event will be a benefit to local and global players alike.”