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Aug 17, 2009

Japanese delegation explores opportunities in semiconductor sector



An eight-member Japanese trade delegation was here on Thursday and Friday to explore investment and business opportunities in the semi-conductor sector.The delegation preferred a combination of investment and off-shore supply.

Members of the delegation included representatives of the Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO), the Kyushu Economic Research Centre, the Fukuoka City Government and the Asia Semiconductor Trading Support Association (ASTSA).The delegates told on Friday that 30 per cent of the $ 350 billion global semiconductor industry was in Japan. And, nearly one-third of the Japanese production came from the Kyushu island.

With the car manufacturers in Japan stepping up the annual production, the demand for embedded software was also increasing. Japan required skilled manpower for this. It was also looking at companies and suppliers for the electro control units used in automobiles. The cooperation in this field could be investments in Japan, joint ventures or trade. It was also looking at opportunities in all electronic-related sectors such as equipment and machinery. For details, contact JETRO, Bangalore on 080-41138168 or Osamu_Hisaki@jetro.go.jp. Apart from Coimbatore, the delegation visited Pune, Mumbai and Chennai.


Further, the JETRO was implementing its regional industrial tie-up programme (with South India) for the fourth year and the programme would be on for two more years. Under this, the Indian Semiconductor Association had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the ASTSA last November.The Microelectronics Assembling and Packaging (MAP) international workshop, organised by ASTSA, would be held at Fukuoka, Japan, from November 11 to 13. Last year, 10 delegates from India participated in the workshop and this year about 25 were expected to. For more information, log on to: http://www.astsa.jp.


On Friday, Hajime Tomokage, professor at Fukuoka University and a member of the delegation, spoke about the semiconductor business at a meeting organised by Ampere Vehicles. The delegation also visited a couple of industries here.

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