South-East Asia’s semiconductor spending to hit US$19bil by next year


KUALA LUMPUR: SEMI, a global industry association serving the nano and micro-electronic manufacturing supply chains, estimates spending on semiconductor equipment and materials in the South-East Asia to reach US$19bil by 2016. 

“South-East Asia is a vibrant and changing market for the semiconductor industry. For 2015 and 2016, SEMI estimates spending of almost US$5bil on front-end and back-end equipment in the region, and another US$14bil in spending on materials, including US$11bil on packaging-related materials,” its South-East Asia president Ng Kai Fai said in a statement. 

South-East Asia has over 35 production fabs, including foundry, compound semiconductors, microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), power, and light-emitting diode. 

“The region contributes a substantial 27% of global assembly, test and production, on top of being the largest market for assembly and test equipment,” he added. 

With an emphasis on opening up new business opportunities and fostering stronger cross-regional engagement, SEMI is organising SEMICON South-East Asia, featuring a trade exhibition, networking events, market and technology seminars, and conferences, which will run from April 22 to 24 in Penang. 

More than 60 industry speakers and 200 companies will participate in SEMICON South-East Asia that will draw thousands of attendees. - Bernama


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