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 (8AM - 5 PM) and Wednesday, July 13, 2016 (8AM - 5 PM)

Location: San Francisco Marriott Marquis Hotel, San Francisco, California, USA (Adjacent to the Moscone Center, the site of SEMICON West)


The Sustainable Manufacturing Forum (SMF), is held in conjunction with SEMICON West 2016. The Forum will consist of sixteen hours of seminars, workshops and round-table discussions addressing a wide-range of environment, health, safety, sustainability, social responsibility, design, engineering, and management topics that are at the core of sustainable manufacturing. 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 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.

To assist SEMI members and industry partners with this daunting 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.


Day 1: Tuesday, July 12, 2016 (8:00 AM - 5:00 PM)

  • Forum Welcome and Introductions (15 Minutes)
  • Regulatory Summary:Topic TBD (45 Minutes)
  • Problem Identification (165 Minutes)
  • Regulatory Summary: Topic TBD (45 Minutes)
  • Product & Supply Chain Challenges (165 Minutes)

Day 2: Wednesday, July 13, 2016 (8:00 AM - 5:00 PM)

  • Day 2 Welcome (15 Minutes)
  • Regulatory Summary: Topic TBD (45 Minutes)
  • Technology & Design Challenges (165 Minutes)
  • Regulatory Summary: Topic TBD (45 Minutes)
  • PFOA Restrictions Case Study (150 Minutes)
  • Forum Conclusions and Next Steps (15 Minutes)

Registration Fees

Registration fees to attend both days of the Forum are as follows. Single day registration is not available.

  By June 3 Starting June 4
SEMI Member $200 $300
Non Member $250 $350


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