29/09/2018 09:09 GMT+7 print

MEMS/Sensors Forum 2018 takes place in HCM City

A forum on Micro-Electro-Mechanical System, or MEMS, convened in Ho Chi Minh City on September 28 under the theme of “Grab the trend – Nurture creations”.

The event was held by the management board of Saigon Hi-tech Park (SHTP).

The MEMS/Sensors Forum 2018, the second of its kind, aimed to build a network of foreign resources to disseminate policies for investment attraction in MEMS technology and to link domestic and international resources to help the city work out a strategy for the development of the technology.

In his opening remarks, Chairman of the HCM City People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong said as the city acknowledges the importance of the MEMS technology, it has connected with many local and international organisations to establish the HCM City Semiconductor Industry Association (HSIA) and accelerated training to have more skilled workers in the field.

The city has also enhanced cooperation in research and technological transfer from foreign countries and taken actions to attract more investment to MEMS technology in a bid to expand the supply chain and manufacturing of made-in-Vietnam MEMS products, he added.

The official further said that he hopes experts and businesses will put forth solutions to help attract investors to HCM City to set up laboratories and factories of MEMS and sensor products which would prepare the ground for developing the southern hub as a smart city. He vowed to provide all means for enterprises in the sector doing business in the city.

During the forum, delegates focused their discussions on such topics as recommending policies to build an eco-system for MEMS industry; developing high-quality human resources to meet the needs of MEMS industry; towards the commercialization of MEMS products from R&D; and the role of venture capital funds in the MEMS eco-system development.

Southeast Asia is emerging as the world’s leading exporter of electronics but as the region imported a majority of materials (about 92 percent), its product value remains relatively low, said President of SEMI Southeast Asia Ng Kai Fai. He urged the region to move up the value chain, and noted that while Singapore stands out in R&D, Vietnam and Malaysia have strength in MEMS manufacturing, assembly and packaging.
According to the SHTP, since last year, it has licensed four MEMS projects, worth a total of more than 2.12 trillion VND (90 million USD) to locate in the park. They included Greenvity Communication Inc, Onsky Inc, Aipac Inc and Real-time Robotics Vietnam.