2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the semiconductor industry in Singapore. National Semiconductor set up Singapore’s first semiconductor manufacturing facility – a test and assembly plant – in 1968 at 179 River Valley Road, opposite where Liang Court is today.
Since then, the industry has been an indispensable part of Singapore’s journey from third world to first. Beyond National Semiconductors, companies such as Siemens (later Infineon), Fairchild, Texas Instruments, and SGS-Thomson Microelectronics (later STMicroelectronics) were also amongst the first wave of MNCs to set up in Singapore, which helped kick-start our industrialization journey.
Today, the semiconductor industry is a pillar of Singapore’s economy, accounting for about a third of Singapore’s total manufacturing output and contributing 4.4% to GDP. It also supports more than 34,000 workers, amounting to almost one tenth of Singapore’s manufacturing workforce!
This would not have been possible without generations of hard work and passion.
With the emergence of new technologies such as artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles, and smart manufacturing, new opportunities abound for Singapore’s semiconductor industry. The growing adoption of these new technologies will drive demand for semiconductor content, spurring greater innovation and creating new jobs that will continue to inspire and challenge the future generation.
Semicon50 thus marks an important milestone for both Singapore and the industry. Organised by the Singapore Semiconductor Industry Association (SSIA) and supported by Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), Semicon50 celebrates each and every individual who have made a difference to our semiconductor industry and national development. More importantly, it is an opportunity to look forward to the next 50 years of innovation and growth.
Join us on 14 November 2018 for a commemorative evening that captures 50 years of talent, innovation and passion. Highlights of the night include an exclusive dinner, exciting videos celebrating the contributions of Singapore’s semiconductor talent, interactive exhibitions, entertainment and much more.
With an expected 1,000 guests including industry pioneers, the champions of today, and the next generation of talent– this is an event that no one in the industry should miss.
Guest of Honour:Tharman Shanmugaratnam
On behalf of the Singapore Semiconductor Industry Association, it is my pleasure to invite you to Semicon50 – a commemorative dinner celebrating 50 remarkable years of the semiconductor industry in Singapore.
Over the past 50 years, the industry has pulled off successive waves of reinvention as it moved from labour-intensive assembly to innovation-driven manufacturing and R&D. Our greatest asset has always been the extraordinary talent, entrepreneurship, and indefatigable passion that fuelled the industry to innovate with a purpose and build the Singaporean economy.
Today, the semiconductor industry is stronger than ever. 2017 was a banner year for us, as output grew by almost 50% year-on-year. That strong performance has continued into the first half of 2018, as the industry once again posted robust growth numbers (up 17% year-on-year). With endeavour and enterprise driven by hard work and perseverance, I am confident that we can work towards another 50 years of growth.
Please join me in celebrating Semicon50, as we celebrate the pioneers whose passion have brought us today’s success. And more importantly, to look forward to the new generation of talent and innovation that will bring us to Semicon100.Mr CK Tan
EDB is privileged to have played a key role in growing the semiconductor industry in Singapore from the very beginning. In 1968, we partnered National Semiconductor in setting up its first Singapore factory in an EDB-owned facility. We also co-sponsored scholarships for the pioneering batch of semiconductor engineers.
We did so because we believed, from the start, that the industry would be a key player in Singapore’s economic development.
Today, the semiconductor industry is a key contributor to our economy. The industry is also vital to our future as it enables important advances in critical technologies to support applications such as smart cities and artificial intelligence. The industry has also been at the forefront of harnessing advanced manufacturing technologies such as robotics, analytics, and predictive maintenance.
As we look forward to 50 more years of partnership, EDB is excited to celebrate this important milestone with SSIA and the industry. I cordially invite you to commemorate the generations of talent, innovation, and passion that have built our semiconductor industry in Singapore.Mr Pee Beng Kong