Semiconductor industry on display at SEMICON
By Kathryn Chiu, Supplement Writer
September 3, 2014, 12:03 am TWN
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- On course to enjoy the largest growth in regional semiconductor manufacturing equipment and materials capital expenditures for 2014-15, Taiwan will bring this investment energy into focus on Sept. 3-5 at SEMICON Taiwan 2014.
SEMICON Taiwan 2014 is expected to be the largest ever in its 19-year history, featuring 1,340 booths and reaching over 40,000 attendees and exhibitors at the Taipei World Trade Center Nangang Exhibition Hall (南港展覽館).
Notables In Focus
Supporting the industry and exhibition growth, the premier microelectronics event in Taiwan will offer 21 business and technology sessions featuring more than 120 speakers addressing topics that include everything from three-dimensional integrated circuits (3D IC) to new memory devices, advanced packaging, microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), sustainability and more.
According to the event organizer, the Association of Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI), SEMICON Taiwan 2014 is expected to be filled to the rafters with public faces from prominent Taiwanese semiconductor companies, including Cliff Hou (侯永清), vice president of design and technology platforms at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (台灣積體電路), Advanced Semiconductor Engineering's (日月光半導體) Chief Operating Officer Wu Tien-yu (吳田玉), Inotera Memories Inc's (華亞科技) President Charles Kao (高啟全) and Tan Lip-Bu (陳立武) President and Chief Executive Officer of Cadence Design Systems Inc.
SEMI earlier issued a press release, stating that global semiconductor equipment spending is expected to increase by 20.8 percent to US$38.4 billion, and in 2015 a further growth of 10.8 percent to more than US$42.6 billion is projected. The semiconductor equipment spending in 2015 will be the second highest on record, second only to 2000's US$47.7 billion.
Growth at Good Clip
SEMI said it is very convinced that semiconductor equipment spending is expected to rise around the world in 2015. According to forecasts, wafer processing equipment spending in 2015 is expected to belong to front-end processes from this year's US$31.1 billion, increasing by 11.9 percent to US$34.8 billion; expenditures for test equipment, assembly and packaging equipment will grow to US$3.1 billion (annual growth 1.6 percent) and US$2.6 billion (annual growth of 1.2 percent) respectively.
SEMI predicts that Taiwan will continue to be the world's largest semiconductor equipment purchasers, racking up expenditures in 2014 and 2015 that will reach US$11.6 billion and US$12.3 billion respectively.
In addition, expenditures in North America in 2014 amounted to US$7.2 billion, followed by South Korea with US$6.9 billion. In 2015, South Korea spending will reach US$8 billion, followed by North America with US$7.3 billion.
SEMI estimates that in 2014, the highest annual growth rate of semiconductor equipment expenditures will be in mainland China at 47.3 percent, followed by North America with 35.7 percent, South Korea with 33 percent and Europe with 29.7 percent. In addition, in 2015 the largest increase will be in Europe with 47.8 percent, followed by Japan with 15.6 percent and South Korea with 15 percent.