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  • Semicon Taiwan '98 Exhibition Begins in Taipei
  • November 6, 1998 (TAIPEI) -- More than 650 Taiwan-based and foreign manufacturers of semiconductor equipment and materials with 1,200 booths are participating in the Semicon Taiwan '98 trade show, which started Nov. 4.
    The exhibition is co-sponsored by the China External Trade Development Council (CETRA) and the Semiconductor Industry Association of the United States.

    The number of participating companies expanded significantly from 1997. And 1,200 booths were rented this year, up 41 percent from last year's 850.

    Among the companies participating in the show are Honeywell Inc., Hewlett-Packard Co. and Shin-Etsu Handotai Taiwan Co., Ltd.

    CETRA statistics indicate that the production value of Taiwan's semiconductor industry reached US$7.9 billion in 1997, up 23 percent from 1996, and ranking fourth in the world.

    Because many Japanese and South Korean manufacturers have reduced or ceased production since the outbreak of the Asian economic crisis, Taiwan is expected to become the third largest maker of microchips this year. This is in spite of the fact that most local companies also have delayed plans to expand production.

    CETRA officials said that the great potential of Taiwan's semiconductor industry is the main reason that the large number of participants were attracted to the Semicon exhibition this year.

    (Commercial Times, Taiwan)

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    Updated: Thu Nov 5 18:22:02 1998 PDT