SEMI announces FlexTech Alliance as first strategic association partner
SEMI, the global industry association advancing the interests of the worldwide electronics supply chain, has announced that FlexTech Alliance has become its first strategic (association) partner, a form of inter-industry cooperation. In this partnership, FlexTech will continue to pursue its mission of fostering the growth of the emerging flexible, hybrid and printed electronics industry as part of SEMI.
SEMI is strengthening its position in the flexible, hybrid and printed electronics sector by more directly engaging with a new set of companies and R&D organisations, and leveraging an experienced team dedicated to this emerging industry. FlexTech's activities - R&D programmes, the annual Flex Conference, and industry-building workshops and webinars in the flexible electronics market - are reported to gain improved reach through SEMI's global platforms.
"We identified several technology areas of high interest to our members, and flexible hybrid electronics (FHE) was at the top of the list," said Denny McGuirk, CEO and president of SEMI. "FHE is an exciting technology, combining aspects of traditional IC manufacturing with printed electronics. FlexTech is at the epicentre of this rapidly growing electronics field and has built a vital and collaborative community. SEMI and FlexTech members will gain both wider and deeper visibility to opportunities in the new markets created by FHE, like wearable electronics and applications for the IoT."
"Our new partnership with SEMI provides FlexTech members with access to more resources, the expertise of a complementary industry, and worldwide platformes," notes Michael Ciesinski, president and CEO of FlexTech Alliance. "FlexTech is now better positioned to maintain our R&D programmes, broaden our contributions to industry technical forums including standards-setting, and enhance our industry-building business programmes."