Future Horizons Unveils Programme for International Electronics Forum

4/1/2004 - Future Horizons, Europe's leading semiconductor analyst, announced that the programme for its 13th Annual International Electronics Forum will feature some of the electronics' industries most senior figures.

The international event will take place in Prague from 2 to 6 May 2004 and is titlled 'Innovation & Infrastructure - Empowering the Nanotechnology Revolution'.

The Future Horizons 13th Annual International Electronics Forum will examine the opportunities facing the electronics industry now that it has emerged from the worst recession in its history. 2004 will see industry growth of more than 30 per cent in value, according to Future Horizons 2004 Annual International Forecast, driven by a unique coincidence of strong end user demand, a strong global economy and tight production capacity.

The forecast predicts that the worldwide semiconductor market will see growth of 32.0 per cent in 2004 to $220.3 billion, and 28.0 per cent in 2005 to $281.0 billion, prior to a downward cycle of -8.0 per cent in 2006 to $259.4 billion. Growth is forecast to return to the sector in 2007 and 2008 as it reverts to a cyclical nature.

Innovation remains the lifeblood of the industry: the focus on nanotechnology at the forum recognises the opportunity for the electronics industry of the convergence of emerging technologies such and manufacturing miniaturisation.

"Biotechnology, neuro science and MEMs are no longer the stuff of science fiction. Combined with sub micron manufacturing they pave the way to a plethora of new applications. Innovation is what the industry does best and its what the industry will be discussing at the International Electronics Forum," said Malcolm Penn, chief executive office, Future Horizons.

Speakers confirmed are:

For further details about the Future Horizons 13th Annual International Electronics Forum see: www.futurehorizons.com. Places at the conference are available priced 1,695 for a single delegate or £1,495 group rate.

About Future Horizons
Future Horizons, founded in 1989, is Europe's leading semiconductor analyst. It provides market research and business support services for use in opportunity analysis, business planning and new market development. Its industry information seminars and Forums are widely considered to be the best of their kind. Future Horizons publishes a series of monthly, half-yearly and annual market reports, with emphasis is placed on the worldwide microelectronics and electronics industry and the European market environment. See www.futurehorizons.com for further information.

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