The ever-evolving electronics industry was under the spotlight at the recent SEMICON Europa 2008 show in Germany, as industry insiders and an array of leading companies gathered for a full programme of events.

Converging in Stuttgart from 7th – 9th October, exhibitors, presenters and electronics industry organisations came together to both discuss and showcase the latest in technology advances.

The global electronics industry continues to evolve as semiconductor and thin-film transistor liquid crystal display (TFT-LCD) manufacturers work to supply consumers with the smaller, faster and more powerful electronics devices they demand.

Such evolution was evident at the annual event as a range of companies demonstrated their capabilities and commitment to the electronics cause. Exhibitors included Applied Materials, Altatech Semiconductor, Parker Hannifin, Tiger Optics, Varian Inc, and the European Photovoltaic Industry Association, among many others.

Another prominent exhibitor was Air Products, recognising the ongoing demands of the electronics industry and showcasing what both the industrial gases industry and Air Products itself has to offer.

Value and expertise
Air Products’ more than thirty years experience as a leading supplier of bulk and specialty gases and chemicals enables the company to work with customers, to reduce their total cost of ownership in producing semiconductors and flat-panel displays.

Recently the company announced that semiconductor manufacturers faced with rising prices for xenon can now recover and reuse this crucial gas, saving time and money in the process, thanks to Air Products’ new XeCovery™ on-site xenon recovery service.

Earlier this year, Air Products announced it signed an agreement with Signet Solar Inc. to supply turnkey installation of gas delivery systems and services and related gas needs for a new, thin-film photovoltaic (PV) module production facility in Mochau, Germany.

Emphasising its commitment to delivering value, reliability and innovation, Air Products showcased its wide range of technology provisions at the event in the Stuttgart Trade Fair Centre and was on hand to discuss these services.

Extensive programme
As well as the extensive exhibitions held at the show, a full programme of topics was covered to complement these – ranging from semiconductor manufacturing equipment, safety and standards, and advanced packaging, to photovoltaics, and business & management.

An all-embracing agenda and exhibition is expected once again next year, as SEMICON Europa 2009 takes place in Dresden from 6th – 8th October.