ISMI Symposium Executive Panel to Discuss Sustainable Business Practices for Real-World Manufacturing Environments

Top Leaders to Discuss Key Market Opportunities and Energy Efficient Practices for Sustainable Manufacturing

AUSTIN, Texas--()--International SEMATECH Manufacturing Initiative (ISMI) will host a panel discussion entitled “The Business Case for ESH” at its 7th Annual ISMI Symposium on Manufacturing Effectiveness, scheduled to take place at the Renaissance Austin Hotel in Austin, October 31 - November 4, 2010.

The panel discussion, to be held on Thursday, November 4, at 1:45 p.m., will be moderated by founder and director of, G. Dan Hutcheson, and will feature a diverse group of senior executives who will share the benefits of sustainable business practices and functional models that apply to real-world semiconductor manufacturing environments.

The expert panelists include:

  • Norm Armour, vice president and general manager of GLOBALFOUNDRIES Fab 8
  • Dr. Sanjiv Mittal, managing director of FabVantage Division, Applied Global Services, Applied Materials
  • Steve James, manager of Texas Instruments DFAB wafer fab
  • Rick Whitney, president and CEO of M+W Group

“At GLOBALFOUNDRIES we have been a pioneer in applying ‘lean’ methodologies to semiconductor manufacturing, allowing us to increase efficiency and reduce waste across our operations,” said Norm Armour, vice president and general manager of GLOBALFOUNDRIES Fab 8. “Our global semiconductor fabs have a longstanding reputation for environmental stewardship, and our new Fab 8 under construction in New York has been designed as a ‘green fab.’ But the benefits of sustainable manufacturing go well beyond a reduction of environmental impact. Optimizing environmental performance and maximizing agility can lower costs, improve product quality, and enhance the ability to get products to market quickly.”

“As a key supplier to the semiconductor industry, Applied Materials has focused on providing innovative solutions to customers that enable more sustainable manufacturing while also lowering their operating costs," said Dr. Sanjiv Mittal, managing director of FabVantage Division, Applied Global Services, Applied Materials. “For example, we recently developed the industry's first fully-integrated abatement and vacuum pumping system for controlling emissions and reducing energy costs in the fab. When synchronized with a process tool, customers can realize annual savings in power, water and gas consumption equivalent to 220,000 pounds of CO2 emissions. We are continuing this kind of environmental leadership, since we are keenly aware of how important it is to customers to achieve these manufacturing goals.”

“It doesn’t take complex equations to realize that reducing water and energy use in manufacturing adds dollars to your bottom line. Investing in efficiency is a no-brainer,” said Steve James, manager of DMOS5 at Texas Instruments. “The real cherry on top are the added benefits: community support, employee innovation and loyalty, a cleaner, healthier environment and sustained resources for long-term operations.”

“M+W Group has led by example in designing and building sustainable facilities around the world. We have been pioneering energy conservation in technical applications for over 20 years. While we work diligently to help our customers achieve sustainability, we operate our business strategically by the same principles,” said Rick Whitney, president and CEO of M+W Group. “As our care and concern for the workforce protects the most valuable assets of all – life and quality of life – it also provides other measurable benefits. As an example, our principled approach to EHS has resulted in substantial cost savings.”

Recently, interest in sustainable manufacturing practices has grown because companies have realized that they can incorporate manufacturing processes that are both environmentally and economically sound. Manufacturing facilities can then gain a competitive advantage through cost savings, lower costs of compliance with environmental and health regulations, and potentially increased marketability for their products and services.

ISMI’s Manufacturing Week is this fall’s pre-eminent event for semiconductor engineers and managers to meet face-to-face and collaborate on all aspects of manufacturing productivity, including the latest in cost-cutting methodologies, real-time data management, and advances in equipment and fab design.

The Annual AEC/APC Symposium will be co-located with ISMI’s Manufacturing Week for the first time and will feature recent advancements to improve the reliability and efficiency of factory operations. The symposia programs include two days of workshops and short courses, followed by a multi-track symposium on fab and equipment productivity, green manufacturing, statistical methods, yield metrology, and concepts in manufacturing, accompanied by an exhibitors’ pavilion filled with the latest tools and solutions from some of the industry’s top suppliers.

Registration for the AEC/APC and ISMI Manufacturing Effectiveness symposia is open to both ISMI members and the general public. For general information, please visit

About Manufacturing Week:

Manufacturing Week is an annual conference designed to accelerate collaboration and problem solving in the chip manufacturing community by bringing key stakeholders together to share information and methodologies for increasing productivity and reducing manufacturing expenses through advances in equipment, processes, resources, fab design, and manufacturing methods. For more information visit:

About ISMI:

ISMI is a global alliance of the world’s major semiconductor manufacturers, dedicated to reducing cost per wafer and ultimately cost per die, through cooperative programs focused on manufacturing effectiveness. ISMI is a wholly-owned subsidiary of SEMATECH (


Erica McGill, 518-956-7446


Erica McGill, 518-956-7446