This year, for the first time, the tradeshow will be held in conjunction with electronica, the fair for electronics. The conference is being organized and conducted by SEMI, the global industry association with some 2,000 members, covering the entire manufacturing chain for the electronics industry.
The morning of opening day, there will be three Executive Keynotes speeches taking place:
Dr. Thomas M. Müller, Executive Vice President Development Electrics / Electronics, CarIT at Audi AG will be speaking about the increasing importance of semiconductors in automotive applications.
Kurt Sievers, Senior Vice President and general manager of the automotive business at NXP Semiconductors and Chairman of the electronica Board, will discuss semiconductor content of a vehicle and its expectation to triple in the near future.
Luc Van den hove, President and CEO of imec, sees almost endless opportunities in the Digital Transformation for companies and society. He calls for a radical innovation that will change our environment, our healthcare and the way we will be mobile in the future, as well as driving the transition to a sustainable, data-driven society.
In addition to the keynotes mentioned above, visitors can expect a large number of other interesting lectures. For example, the SEMI GAAC (Global Automotive Advisory Council) Smart Automotive Forum will be held for the first time this year, and the Workforce Day will be dedicated to training, education and qualification. The Advanced Packaging Conference will consider and discuss developments in functional materials, system robustness, inspection methods and flexible test concepts.
Other highlights include, the 2018Flex Europe which will focus on the integration of flexible substrates while using new materials and innovations, as well as, cost-effective processing techniques. The 22nd Fab Management Forum will focus on how to attract customers and talent, as well as, how to handle complexity and, in parallel, enable the necessary flexibility to cope with customer needs. The Strategic Materials Conference will focus on its theme “Diversity in materials for high technology”, and will include four technical sessions based on the market trend, outlook of the future, manufacturing view, and technology view.