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MFG DAY 2015: Semiconductor Manufacturing Critical to America’s Strength, Competitiveness

Posted by Dan Rosso, Communications Manager on Oct 2, 2015 11:00:00 AM

Today is National Manufacturing Day (MFG DAY), a time to highlight the strength and promise of American manufacturers and address the collective challenges they face. MFG DAY gives a unified voice to manufacturers across the United States and draws attention to the actions needed to ensure the future success of American manufacturing.

There is no more advanced or innovative manufacturer than the U.S. semiconductor industry. Researchers, designers and manufacturers in our industry have followed Moore’s Law to previously unimaginable levels, enabling smaller, more powerful, more energy-efficient and less expensive electronic devices. These breakthroughs have spurred tremendous growth in the U.S. economy and strengthened America’s global technology leadership. In fact, the semiconductor industry is one of the top contributors to U.S. economic growth of any manufacturing industry in the U.S. over the past 25 years and has accounted for 30 percent of all productivity gains due to innovation in the U.S. economy over the same period.

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Topics: manufacturing

Dance on ITA "Staging" Begins

Posted by John Neuffer, President & CEO on Oct 2, 2015 8:30:00 AM

GENEVA – Negotiators working to expand product coverage of the Information Technology Agreement (ITA) held a series of meetings this week here that amounted to an initial "show-and-tell" on how far they are willing to go when it comes to assigning specific timeframes for tariff elimination for the myriad tech products covered by the agreement.

The standard phase-out (or staging) period leading to tariff elimination under ITA expansion is three years. Negotiators can waive this baseline three-year staging period and eliminate tariffs on some or all of the 201 covered lines when the agreement goes into force in July next year. They can indicate they want to stick with the default three-year staging period. Or they can opt for “extended staging” of five years or seven years to provide a bigger buffer for domestic producers to adapt to a tariff-free business environment.

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Topics: trade, ITA

Global Industry Urges ITA Negotiators to Show Restraint on Staging

Posted by Devi Keller, Director, Global Policy on Sep 23, 2015 4:25:00 PM

Following the hard-fought agreement achieved in July on the product list to expand the Information Technology Agreement (ITA), negotiators will return to Geneva next week to sort through implementation timeframes for the 201 high-tech product lines to be covered by ITA expansion. These timeframes are known as “staging,” the periods over which tariffs are eliminated.

In a strong statement released today, more than 80 associations from around the world wrote:

While the standard phase-out (or staging) period for tariff elimination under ITA expansion is three years, we urge the negotiators to show as much ambition as possible and embrace the important provision in the formal July 28 WTO declaration on ITA expansion that encourages “autonomous immediate elimination of customs duties or accelerated implementation...” We trust the negotiating parties will seek to be as faithful as possible to this ambition. Similarly, we urge all negotiating parties to show restraint in seeking staging periods longer than three years, given the short innovation cycles for high-technology products.

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Topics: trade, ITA

SIA’s Dustin Todd to Serve as Chair of Task Force on American Innovation

Posted by John Neuffer, President & CEO on Sep 18, 2015 12:00:00 PM

Dustin Todd, director of government affairs at SIA, this week became co-chairman of the Task Force on American Innovation (TFAI), a coalition of U.S. companies, research universities, and scientific societies that promotes federal investments in scientific research. Dustin succeeds Texas Instruments’ Gene Irisari, who did a tremendous job advancing the coalition’s research priorities over the last four years.

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Topics: research

SIA White Paper: Facts about Semiconductor Manufacturing

Posted by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy on Aug 27, 2015 2:00:00 PM

A newly published SIA white paper affirms that U.S. semiconductor companies do the majority of their manufacturing in the United States, and semiconductors are one of America’s top manufactured exports, behind only aircraft and automobiles. 

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Topics: white papers, data, manufacturing

Remembering Semiconductor Industry Leader Thomas Hinkelman, 1925-2015

Posted by John Neuffer, President & CEO on Aug 26, 2015 12:45:00 PM

SIA and the entire semiconductor community are deeply saddened by the recent passing of Thomas David Hinkelman, one of the first leaders of SIA and a true semiconductor industry champion.

Tom served as SIA’s Executive Director from 1977-1985, helping guide the association and our industry through a period of great transition and growth. He later served as the first Administrator of the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization. Throughout his career, Tom worked with other industry leaders to prioritize semiconductor market data and raise the industry’s profile domestically and around the world.

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SIA White Paper: U.S. Semiconductor Industry is America's Most Innovative Manufacturing Industry

Posted by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy on Aug 13, 2015 3:00:00 PM

The U.S. semiconductor industry is America's most innovative manufacturing industry and ranks near the top in terms of overall competitiveness, according to a newly published SIA white paper. Based in part on a methodology used by the United Nations to rank the economic competitiveness of nations, the white paper finds that the U.S. semiconductor industry ranks first out of 288 U.S. industries in terms of innovation and second in overall competitiveness. 

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Topics: white papers, innovation, data

The 2015 SIA Factbook: Your Source for Semiconductor Industry and Market Data

Posted by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy on Aug 6, 2015 3:15:00 PM

What U.S. industry spends a higher share of sales on research and development than any other U.S. industry? What U.S. industry had a sales-revenue-per-employee ratio in 2014 of $667,000, the highest level in its history and among the highest of any U.S. industry? What U.S. industry directly employs a quarter of a million workers in the United States and is responsible for indirectly employing one million additional U.S. workers? The U.S. semiconductor industry, of course! 

These facts and graphics -- and many others -- are now available for free in the recently completed 2015 SIA Factbook.

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Topics: market, sales, data

White House Launches Initiative to Strengthen U.S. Leadership in Supercomputing

Posted by Dustin Todd, Director of Government Affairs on Jul 31, 2015 10:00:00 AM

President Obama this week issued an executive order launching a new supercomputing research initiative called the National Strategic Computing Initiative (NSCI), which aims to maintain and strengthen U.S. leadership in leading-edge computing technology. The NSCI calls for government, industry, and academia to collaborate on research, development, and deployment of high-performance computing (HPC):

“Maximizing the benefits of HPC in the coming decades will require an effective national response to increasing demands for computing power, emerging technological challenges and opportunities, and growing economic dependency on and competition with other nations. This national response will require a cohesive, strategic effort within the Federal Government and a close collaboration between the public and private sectors.”

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Topics: technology, research

How are Semiconductor Sales Shaping up for the First Half of 2015?

Posted by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy on Jul 30, 2015 12:30:00 PM

Next Monday, SIA will release its June 2015 global sales report (GSR), which will include global semiconductor sales totals for the first half (H1) of 2015. As we approach the halfway point, how should we assess semiconductor sales thus far, and what questions should we consider ahead of next week’s GSR release?

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Topics: market, sales, data