Strong global semiconductor industry growth is helping power rapid expansion of China’s IC manufacturers in 2018, and continuing technology innovation is inspiring the region’s optimism over the long term, said Du Shanshan, senior analyst of SEMI China, at the recent SEMI China Member Day. The chief driving force behind this year’s growth of China’s IC industry is its equipment and materials market, with the sector riding a wave of a strengthening industrial infrastructure, a rapid increase of wafer manufacturing capacity, global leadership in new fab projects and large memory investments, Shanshan added.
NAURA, a leading domestic provider of high-end IC equipment, is seeing robust growth after its push to recruit highly skilled talent and bolster its technology infrastructure, customer service system and supply chain, said Zhou Yang, vice president of Procurement at NAURA, which hosted the event. Yang said the key to NAURA’s success has been its unblinking focus on technology, product quality, fast product delivery, responsiveness to customer needs, cost controls, and environmental and social responsibility.
Before visiting a NAURA factory, attendees reflected on how China’s IC manufacturers, using equipment and materials sourced domestically, seized the opportunity of global semiconductor growth to drive rapid local expansion. Excited about the growth potential of China’s chip industry, members expressed their commitment to contributing to its independence and self-reliance.
SEMI China Membership Grows
Opening SEMI China Member Day, SEMI China president Lung Chu highlighted another expansion – SEMI China’s membership growth to nearly 400 companies, behind only the U.S. and Japan. Chu credited the increase, in part, to the steady growth of the global semiconductor industry.
Chu said the increase also stems from the recognition that SEMI China is the China semiconductor industry’s best partner for fulfilling its ambition of becoming a more prominent player on the world stage. SEMI China’s member services platform that includes exhibitions and conferences, industry technical standards, industry research and analysis, a publicity apparatus and a talent development initiative provides powerful ways for the industry to Connect, Collaborate and Innovate. The platform enabled SEMICON China 2018 to set a booth and visitor record for the event, with attendees numbering 91,252, a highly successful 32 percent year-over-year growth.
More than 50 SEMI member companies attended the 2018 SEMI China Member Day on June 6th in Beijing to explore opportunities for the global and Chinese semiconductor industry.
Cherry Sun is a marketing manager at SEMI China.