MEMS industry group becomes SEMI partner

MEMS industry group becomes SEMI partner

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By Rich Pell

Denny McGuirk, president and CEO of SEMI, announced the move at SEMI’s European MEMS Summit being held here in Stuttgart, Germany. SEMI is an older and much broader industry association that represents the interests of semiconductor equipment and materials companies. SEMI has been looking to diversify its interests and membership in recent years.

McGuirk was joined on the stage by Karen Lightman, executive director of MSIG. Lightman said that combining MSIG with SEMI would bring more value to members and impact along the global supply chain for the MEMS sector.

Karen Lightman, executive director of MSIG

Immediate impacts is that it will result with MSIG membership being consolidated with that of SEMI saving some companies from paying double membership fees.

Lightman said MSIG, with its headquarters in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, would continue to operate as it has done, but coordinated with SEMI. This may mean that MSIG will provide MEMS conference tracks to larger SEMI events but would continue to organize its own conferences.

In Europe that could mean the conferences organized by the two bodies, by MSIG in the spring and by SEMI in the fall could become one in 2017. Lightman said besides conference organization MSIG performs valuable work on standards and strategic thinking about MEMS and that would continue and be boosted by the partnership with SEMI.

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