Sustainable Manufacturing Forum

Government Regulatory Compliance for
Complex High Tech Products and
Elaborate Global Supply Chains


Date, Time, and Location

  • Date: Tuesday, July 12, 2016 (8:00 AM - 5:15 PM)
  • Location: San Francisco, California, USA (Specifically, the San Francisco Marriott Marquis Hotel, Adjacent to the Moscone Center, the site of SEMICON West)


The Sustainable Manufacturing Forum (SMF), is an annual event held in conjunction with SEMICON West / INTERSOLAR North America. This year’s Forum will focus on a specific problem facing many, if not most companies involved in high tech manufacturing — regulatory compliance for complex products and elaborate supply chains.

In recent years, mandatory government regulations have required companies to better understand the environmental and social footprint of their products. Regulatory requirements mandating product content disclosures, substance restrictions, and design for the environment under RoHS, REACH, conflict minerals and other complicated regulations have pushed companies to not only inventory all of the substances contained in their products, but where these substances came from and how the products are made.

Companies in the high tech space often manufacture extremely complex products designed with and composed of thousands of sub-assemblies and possibly millions of discrete parts. Complying with these regulatory requirements for such complex products is challenging. Compliance challenges are made worst because the sub-assemblies are often sourced from thousands of companies around the world. Understanding the footprint of the larger product means reaching out to the vast array of diverse suppliers asking them the footprint of the smaller sub-assemblies. In turn, the manufacturers of the sub-assemblies have to communicate to their upstream suppliers, in a repetitive and cyclical process involving potentially hundreds of thousands of individual companies. This is not a trivial exercise.

To make things even more complicated, some regulations require that companies reduce the negative impacts of the products. The typical example is substance restriction regulations that mandate that certain substances of concern be eliminated from products before they are allowed to be placed on the market. The companies that make complex products would likely have to design (or re-design) their product without the substance of concern. The design and technology considerations to eliminate substances of concern from complex products are not trivial.

To assist SEMI members and industry partners with this daunting regulatory compliance process, SEMI is organizing the Forum at SEMICON West to share information about the issue and possible solutions. During the Forum, government agencies and third party consultants from around the world will share their perspectives on these product and supply chains requirements. Experts from industry will share their perspectives on compliance challenges and pragmatic lessons to make the compliance process more effective, efficient, and ultimately sustainable.

One example of a complex product relevant to SEMI members is semiconductor manufacturing equipment. Such equipment are usually considered large-scale stationary industrial machines and are typically installed in a semiconductor manufacturing fab and used for semiconductor wafer / substrate processing. But there are other examples of complex products relevant to SEMI members and industry partners. The primary focus of the Forum will be on semiconductor manufacturing equipment, as a template for understanding other complex products.

SEMI members typically operate in multiple regions around the world and therefore any regulatory discussion should include examples from these regions. The Forum will include regulatory examples from the United States, the European Union, Japan, China, South Korea, Taiwan, and Southeast Asia -- regions where SEMI maintains offices. To provide some well-needed focus, some of the Forum discussion will revolve around regulatory examples from Europe, as a template for understanding regulatory challenges in other regions.

The one-day Forum will be broken down into three distict segments. During the first segment, a staff member from the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) responsible for the European REACH regulation, will be providing a government perspective on substance restrictions in complex products. During the second segment, experts will share their perspectives product testing and supply chain inquiry processes for compliance with regulatory reporting requirements. During the final segment, experts will share their perspectives on technology and design considerations for compliance with substance restriction regulations.

Who Should Attend

Individuals with the following corporate roles will likely benefit from attending the Forum:

  • Environment, Health, and Safety (EHS)

  • Regulatory / Legal

  • Design / Product Engineers

  • Facilities Management

  • Quality Control / Reliability Assurance

  • Business Development / Customer Relations

  • Supply Chain Coordination / Procurement

  • Sustainable Manufacturing


The official Agenda is being constructed. Speaker invitation have already been sent out. A summary agenda is provided below.

    Tuesday, July 12, 2016 (8:00 AM - 5:15 PM)

    • Forum Welcome and Introductions (15 Minutes)
    • Government Perspectives on Substances in Complex Products from ECHA, the European Chemicals Agency (45 Minutes)
    • Product Testing & Supply Chain Challenges (210 Minutes)
      • Information Sharing Presentations (120 Minutes)
      • Networking Break (30 Minutes)
      • Round-table Panel Discussion (60 Minutes)
    • Networking Box Lunch Provided (60 Minutes)
    • Technology & Design Challenges (210 Minutes)
      • Information Sharing Presentations (120 Minutes)
      • Networking Break (30 Minutes)
      • Round-table Panel Discussion (60 Minutes)
    • Forum Conclusions and Next Steps (15 Minutes)

    Registration Fees

    Registration fees for the full-day Forum are as follows.

    • SEMI Members:   $60
    • Non Members:   $80
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    Sponsorship / Exhibitor Opportunities

    If you would like to exhibit at or otherwise sponsor the Sustainable Manufacturing Forum and thereby connect with new customers, suppliers, or industry partners, please contact Teresa McLean at SEMI Global Headquarters at tmclean@semi.org.

    More Information

    For more information about the Forum, please contact Sanjay Baliga, Director of Sustainable Manufacturing at SEMI Global Headquarters in San Jose, California, USA at sbaliga@semi.org.


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