A 20-member task force spearheaded by global industry association SEMI (Southeast Asia) and the Singapore Semiconductor Industry Association (SSIA) has been formed by members of the private and public sectors to increase competitiveness in Singapore's semiconductor manufacturing industry, targeting a 25% increase in energy efficiency and productivity respectively over the next five years.
According to a joint media statement, the task force is made up of industry veterans from organisations such as SERC A*STAR, Applied Materials SEA, GLOBALFOUNDRIES Singapore, Institute of Microelectronics, Lantiq Asia Pacific, Micron, Singapore Economic Development Board, SSMC, StatsChipPac, SEMI SEA, SSIA and The Coaching Republic.
Dubbed the "Singapore Semiconductor Vision 2020" (SSV2020), this task force creates a Singapore semiconductor cluster with a global competitive advantage in manufacturing and innovation covering three major sub sectors, namely Integrated Circuit Design; Semiconductor Wafer Fabrication, Assembly and Test; as well as Semiconductor Capital Equipment Manufacturing.
To achieve this vision, the task force proposes three impactful and sustainable intervention areas. The first is to strengthen global competitiveness through innovation by guiding national research and development (R&D) investments in labour productivity and efficiency, supported by public funds to match private sector investments from multi-national corporations and small and medium enterprises.
Secondly, it seeks to enhance public-private R&D partnerships by establishing formal industry consultations to focus public R&D to industry interest, improve public R&D prioritisation, and drive collaborations that create a competitive advantage.
Lastly, it seeks to nurture leadership development by creating industry-wide programmes at two tiers - a Semiconductor Leaders Accelerator Programme, and a programme to attract graduating top talent to increase the pool of future local leaders.
Working groups will be created for areas mentioned to develop and execute the recommendations.
"A strong public-private partnership, such as SSV2020, is key in identifying challenges and developing initiatives to ensure our long-term competitiveness. The government is committed to continue growing and partnering industry players to strengthen Singapore's semiconductor industry," said Lim Kok Kiang, Assistant Managing Director at the Singapore Economic Development Board.
"Driving energy efficiency and productivity increase for our industry, together with the development of target-oriented private-public R&D schemes as well as the accelerated bringing-up of future leaders are those success factors, which will ensure a growth of global competiveness for our industry," added Ulf Schneider, President of the Singapore Semiconductor Industry Association.
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