Asian Outlook Envisions Increased Innovation

Gorham’s first foray to Asia with their innovative Compound Semiconductor
conference series proved a smash success, according to those who
attended. As one can see by our editorial this issue, although the original
theme asked the question: Has the Era of Asian Manufacturing Arrived,
the 135 attendees and 26 speakers (22 of whom were CEOs or their equivalent)
decided to give a new twist to the theme which was best-stated by Frank Chien
from Formosa Epitaxy (ForEpi) who brought
to the attention of his peers… "It’s not ‘has Asian manufacturing
arrived,’ but ‘has Asian innovation arrived.’
" Attendance
was 50% from Taiwan and 50% rest of world, which made the meet well balanced
as well as interesting and timely. An unexpected highlight and kicking things
off on an excellent high caliber note was the appearance of Taiwan’s Deputy
Minister for Economic Affairs, Mr. Yen Shian Shi, who delivered a keynote welcome.
Kuddos and industry-wide thanks, especially, go to Gorham Advanced Materials
who dreamed up and carried out this pivotal event in their usual professional
manner, and to Bob Walker, Managing Director of the Silicon Valley Offices of
one of the premier good-guy Venture Capital firms representing the Pacific Rim,
Vincera Ventures, and Peter Shih,
Executive Director of Taiwan’s esteemed National
Science Council
who co-chaired this high level international get-together.
Gorham’s next compound semi industry Outlook
is slated for its usual USA venue, San Diego California in February.
Be there.