Conference Agenda

0800 - 0900

Registration of 20th EPCON Asia 2022 Conference

0900 - 0910

Welcome Remarks by Organising Chairman, 20th EPCON Asia 2022 Conference

 

Mr. Selva Nagappan, Managing Director, EPCON Asia 2022

0910 - 0915

Opening Remarks by Chairperson of 20th EPCON Asia 2022 Conference

0915 - 0940

The Resilient Road to Recovery

Almost every country had experienced a setback in the economy as a direct result of the Covid-19 pandemic. The pandemic led to many factory closures and staff shortages in Malaysian facilities that test and package semiconductors. However, in Southeast Asia, the electronics industry is seen as one of the main industries to help boost sustainable economic recovery. Many other industries' recovery, especially the automotive industry, is directly dependent on semiconductor supply chains. Post-pandemic, the industry must quickly evaluate and react to impacts of three fronts: supply chain, market demand, and workforce. This session grinds into identifying new strategies to revitalize, restructure and rebuild towards a sustainable future.

0940 - 1010

Malaysia Lighthouse Project

World Economic  Forum (WEF) together with McKinsey initiated the Lighthouse Model in 2018 to identify and showcase manufacturers at the forefront of implementing technologies enabling the Fourth Revolution/ Industry 4.0 / Smart Manufacturing. As of January 2020, 44 global Lighthouse Network sites were identified across the world. This section discusses MIDA's perspective on Malaysia Lighthouse Project; a concept of modeling companies that have embraced Industry 4.0 in their business model.

1010 - 1055

Panel Discussion: The Pandemonium: Global Chip Crisis

Despite rising demands for electronic products, vehicles, smartphones, and other gadgets, manufacturers are struggling to meet the demand. The current state/crisis is a direct effect of the Covid-19 pandemic. Supply chain disruptions and the sharp rise in demand for electronic goods are some of the key factors behind the global chip shortage/crisis. Experts believe the shortage could last till 2023. What are the impacts and strategies to combat the current 'plague' in the semiconductor industry? Why is the global chip shortage is so difficult to overcome? Can the key players ramp up to meet the production capacity? Is the unprecedented surge investment fueling fears of overshoot in supply versus the demand?

Panelists:
Herve Charles, Director Systems & Automation at NXP Semiconductors, Singapore

1055 - 1125

Morning Refreshments & Tour to Exhibition Space

1125 - 1155

Advanced Packaging: The Pandora Box

Advanced packaging is seen to increase the value of a semiconductor product, adding functionality, maintaining/increasing performance while lowering cost. Advanced Packaging is now of strategic importance for IDMs, foundries and OSATs. How is AI, IoT, 5G and other key trends driving the development of Advanced Packaging Market? Are we able to meet the demands? How does the advancements and demands affect supply chain? This session also touches on what the future holds for Advanced Packaging.

1155 - 1225

Sustainable Manufacturing: The Rise of Ethical Investing

As the demand for chips surge, the semiconductor industry is trying to battle with its huge carbon footprint. What are our footprints? How do the players drive the industry towards low-carbon sustainability What is 'Green Funds' and how does the rise of ethical investing assisting sustainable manufacturing?

1225 - 1400

Lunch Break & Tour to Exhibition Space

1400 - 1430

Smart Manufacturing Helping Win the Race Between Supply and Demand

Increasing demand from AI and IoT had places immense stress on the semiconductor supply chain. Ongoing international trade disputes had only further driven up the cost of semiconductor materials and interfered with global collaboration within the industry, according to IEEE. Can the key players keep up with customer demand for chips, especially from automakers? How can the AI, IoT, or smart factory accelerate the supply chain, while keeping reliability?

Herve Charles, Director Systems & Automation at NXP Semiconductors, Singapore

1430 - 1515

Panel Discussion: Closing the Talent Gap and ramping up for Industry 5.0

Is there enough expertise in AI, quantum computing, and other cutting-edge technologies used in advanced chip design? The start of Industry 5.0 only adds up to the need for more skilled human hands and minds into the industrial framework. Key players invest hundreds of millions in the industry's feeder universities. However, spending more money alone will not close the talent gap. Job deficit could hamper industry growth. What are the long-term remedies beyond educating, training, and upskilling workforces? Are foreign infusions of talents a dire need to close the gap in the region? This session discusses talent strategies and tactics to help make semiconductor companies more attractive destinations.

1515 - 1545

Evening Break & Tour to Exhibition Space

1545 - 1615

More than Moore: Can Semiconductor keep up with AI, IoT and 5G?

Semiconductor manufacturers are now shifting focus from prioritizing speed and power to efficiency, in order to accommodate the need for computers to "think" and "learn". Combining nonvolatile memory technology and processing logic allows chips to adapt to AI demands. On the other hand, IoI solutions hold perhaps even more economic opportunity than AI. What used to be ordinary devices have now become smart devices, thanks to IoT. Despite market forecasts, IoT devices have produced slower sales volume and lack consistent standards between products. As it stands, semiconductor technology rapidly approaches the limitation of Moore's Law. This session digs deeper into future semiconductor performance.

Vinod Bijlani, AI & IoT Practice Leader, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Kuala Lumpur

1615 - 1700

Panel Discussion: Digitalization: Is Digital infrastructure a barrier to digitalization?

Despite being at the forefront of digitalization by supplying products that have enabled other industries to pursue digitized operation, is the semiconductor industry lagging behind in terms of digitalization? McKinsey, in a recent article, claims that only 30% of the semiconductor industry device makers surveyed claim to benefit from Artificial Intelligence and/or Machine Learning and related Industry 4.0 technologies. What are the main factors behind the overall slow progress of digital transformation in the industry? Is Digitalization deemed necessary for the industry? This session brings forward the industry's best practices and challenges towards achieving complete digitalization.

1700

End of 20th EPCON Asia 2022 Conference

0900 - 1000

Registration of 20th EPCON Asia 2022_Meet-Up

1000 - 1010

Welcome Remarks by Organising Chairman

 

Mr. Selva Nagappan, Managing Director, EPCON Asia 2022

1010 - 1020

Keynote Speech of 20th EPCON Asia 2022 Meet-Up

1020 - 1100

Panel Discussion: The Supply Chain Battle: Backlogs

As we brace through the pandemic, Malaysian, as well as other nations across the world had seen many forms of lockdowns. While the lockdowns were necessary to break the Covid-19 chain, we also witnessed many factories suspending their operations or operating in limited capacities here in the 'Silicon Valley of the East'. Malaysia accounts for 13% of global chip packaging and testing, and 7% of the world's semiconductor trade passes through the country. The pandemic, along with Suez Canal incident, and fire and drought incidents at fabrication factories across Japan, Taiwan and the US, had severely impacted the global chip supply. Taiwan Economy Minister Wang Mei-Hua recently said that Malaysia's help is needed to resolve the global shortage of auto semiconductors, especially when it comes to packaging. Malaysia’s chip assembly industry accounts for more than one-tenth of world trade of more than USD20 billion.

1100 - 1130

Sustainability is the Future

  • Understanding the semiconductor industry's carbon footprint.
  • How do key players board the environmental stewardship, while applying Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies?
  • How do semiconductor companies achieve sustainability and productivity breakthroughs?
  • Identify sustainability strategies and opportunities to develop more sustainable processes.
  • How do we meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs?

1130 - 1210

Panel Discussion: Moving Up on the Global Value Chain

Malaysia began this journey into electronics assembly in 1970s. While the industry faced many challenges, one remains open till date; upgrading the industry's place in the value chain. In 1985, in midst of the recession, Malaysia's First Industrial Master Plan was launched which emphasized the upgrading of skills, technology transfer agreements between MNCs and domestic firms, and the establishments of local suppliers. Today, we have the Malaysian Big Fours as key players. However, the industry's strength remains in assembly and testing, where it holds low value in the value chain.

Unable to invest in the future, small local clusters of semiconductor firms find themselves stuck in a tenuous place low in the value chain, with seemingly few goods prospects.

While Malaysia welcomes investments of complex and high value-added products, how do we push our way ahead in the journey to move up the global value chain? This session identifies the roadblocks and missing puzzles.

1210 - 1330

Networking Session and End of 20th EPCON Asia 2022_Meet-Up

1125 - 1155

Advanced Packaging: The Pandora Box

Advanced packaging is seen to increase the value of a semiconductor product, adding functionality, maintaining/increasing performance while lowering cost. Advanced Packaging is now of strategic importance for IDMs, foundries and OSATs. How is AI, IoT, 5G and other key trends driving the development of Advanced Packaging Market? Are we able to meet the demands? How does the advancements and demands affect supply chain? This session also touches on what the future holds for Advanced Packaging.

1155 - 1225

Sustainable Manufacturing: The Rise of Ethical Investing

As the demand for chips surge, the semiconductor industry is trying to battle with its huge carbon footprint. What are our footprints? How do the players drive the industry towards low-carbon sustainability What is 'Green Funds' and how does the rise of ethical investing assisting sustainable manufacturing?

1225 - 1400

Lunch Break & Tour to Exhibition Space

1400 - 1430

Smart Manufacturing Helping Win the Race Between Supply and Demand

Increasing demand from AI and IoT had places immense stress on the semiconductor supply chain. Ongoing international trade disputes had only further driven up the cost of semiconductor materials and interfered with global collaboration within the industry, according to IEEE. Can the key players keep up with customer demand for chips, especially from automakers? How can the AI, IoT, or smart factory accelerate the supply chain, while keeping reliability?

Herve Charles, Director Systems & Automation at NXP Semiconductors, Singapore

1430 - 1515

Panel Discussion: Closing the Talent Gap and ramping up for Industry 5.0

Is there enough expertise in AI, quantum computing, and other cutting-edge technologies used in advanced chip design? The start of Industry 5.0 only adds up to the need for more skilled human hands and minds into the industrial framework. Key players invest hundreds of millions in the industry's feeder universities. However, spending more money alone will not close the talent gap. Job deficit could hamper industry growth. What are the long-term remedies beyond educating, training, and upskilling workforces? Are foreign infusions of talents a dire need to close the gap in the region? This session discusses talent strategies and tactics to help make semiconductor companies more attractive destinations.

1515 - 1545

Evening Break & Tour to Exhibition Space

1545 - 1615

More than Moore: Can Semiconductor keep up with AI, IoT and 5G?

Semiconductor manufacturers are now shifting focus from prioritizing speed and power to efficiency, in order to accommodate the need for computers to "think" and "learn". Combining nonvolatile memory technology and processing logic allows chips to adapt to AI demands. On the other hand, IoI solutions hold perhaps even more economic opportunity than AI. What used to be ordinary devices have now become smart devices, thanks to IoT. Despite market forecasts, IoT devices have produced slower sales volume and lack consistent standards between products. As it stands, semiconductor technology rapidly approaches the limitation of Moore's Law. This session digs deeper into future semiconductor performance.

Vinod Bijlani, AI & IoT Practice Leader, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Kuala Lumpur

1615 - 1700

Panel Discussion: Digitalization: Is Digital infrastructure a barrier to digitalization?

Despite being at the forefront of digitalization by supplying products that have enabled other industries to pursue digitized operation, is the semiconductor industry lagging behind in terms of digitalization? McKinsey, in a recent article, claims that only 30% of the semiconductor industry device makers surveyed claim to benefit from Artificial Intelligence and/or Machine Learning and related Industry 4.0 technologies. What are the main factors behind the overall slow progress of digital transformation in the industry? Is Digitalization deemed necessary for the industry? This session brings forward the industry's best practices and challenges towards achieving complete digitalization.

1700

End of 20th EPCON Asia 2022 Conference