Hello SEMI members:
First and foremost, I hope this finds you all healthy and safe. With new developments emerging every day on the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, we want to make sure you’re aware of the resources that SEMI is making available to your business, and many others in the electronics manufacturing and design supply chain, to help you navigate through these tumultuous times.
Our SEMI Responds webpage lists best practices for company policies, communications and working from home, based on recent calls with members led by our Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) and Information Technology Leadership (ITL) groups. The EHS section provides tips on facilities and meetings, employee policies, business travel and communications, while the ITL section lists insights on computing hardware for staff, licensing, networks, security and employee policies. SEMI greatly appreciates the invaluable member input. Our goal is to help our member companies make informed business decisions during these highly challenging and uncertain conditions, and your contributions to this effort will benefit the industry as a whole.
I am pleased to announce that SEMI has partnered with McKinsey & Company to provide an additional source of information: a joint-webinar – COVID-19 Insights: Microelectronics Industry Impact and Best Practices – on Thursday, March 26 at 4pm PT. We will present insights gathered through SEMI member surveys and other industry outreach along with the latest expert data from McKinsey & Company to help guide your business continuity plans. Click here to register.
The SEMI Global Advocacy team has been evaluating how government responses to the outbreak will impact the industry. In the U.S., the team sent letters to 16 state governors last week to request the classification of the semiconductor industry as an “essential business” so that operations can continue if states institute “shelter-in-place” orders. The letters note that SEMI members are “employing all measures necessary to maintain the health and safety of their employees as they maintain continuous operations critical to the industry” based on the input of participating companies.
As for SEMI events, I want to reassure you that SEMI continues to make the safety of our members, exhibitors, visitors and employees our top priority. We continue to track COVID-19 developments worldwide and advisories from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We are also working with our regional offices to engage with industry contacts for inputs, and SEMI has postponed or cancelled several of our major events including:
- Canceling SEMICON Korea 2020, which was scheduled for February 5-7
- Postponing SEMICON China 2020 from March 18-20 to June 27-29
- Postponing ISS Europe 2020 from April 1-3 to September 1-3
- Postponing ASMC 2020 from May 4-7 to the week of August 23 (still finalizing)
- Postponing SEMICON Southeast Asia from May 12-14 to August 11-13
If plans for any other upcoming events change, SEMI will immediately notify event exhibitors, visitors and speakers. You can find the latest information on changes to our event schedule on our Coronavirus Status Updates webpage.
SEMI is working to help our members continue to connect and do business in the interim. For example, our Standards team is hosting virtual meetings for task forces, and we are exploring other virtual events and ways to keep the lines of communication open. I have challenged the SEMI team to think outside the box and will keep you posted as we make new services available.
In the meantime, SEMI continues preparations for later events with laser-sharp focus and determined intent to help spark the industry to reignite business growth and meet pent-up demand. The first major rescheduled event is our largest, SEMICON China in Shanghai. You have probably heard news on some of the positive signs coming out of China. You can read about some of these developments in this blog post from the SEMI China team, which has been in close contact with key exhibitors, domestic suppliers and large multi-national corporations that have confirmed that they will participate in SEMICON China based on the current outlook. We are determined to help the industry return to growth. For the first time we will feature an IC Design Pavilion at SEMICON China to help our traditional semiconductor manufacturing members form more connections across the microelectronics supply chain.
In the U.S., this year is proving how quickly everything can change. While the immediate future is steeped in uncertainty, we are diligently assessing current conditions while planning for SEMICON West 2020 in San Francisco from July 20-23, though the event dates are subject to change. SEMI is monitoring the COVID-19 containment efforts closely, and we will keep you informed of any changes in plans.
In closing, I want to provide a brief reminder that SEMI members should be proud of the roles your companies have played in enabling the technology that will beat the COVID-19 coronavirus. The most powerful supercomputers in the world are helping in the push to develop a vaccine, and these machines would not exist without countless innovations from SEMI members over our 50-year history. The team at SEMI is proud to serve you all and is absolutely committed to doing all that we can to help the industry rise to meet this newest challenge.
President and CEO, SEMI