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Critical Materials Council Conference Recap

Versum sponsored the 4th-annual Critical Materials Council (CMC) Conference on April 25-26, 2019 at the Saratoga Hotel and Casino in Saratoga Springs, New York. The public conference was followed the private CMC Fabs F2F meeting and Members Joint Session on April 23-24, at GlobalFoundries in Malta. This year, the conference themes centered around the needs of the Critical Materials Council and the global IC fabrication industry.

The CMC Conference is a two-day event providing actionable information on manufacturing supply-­chains for current and future semiconductor materials. Business drives the world, but technology enables semiconductor business, so we must understand the dynamics of how materials enable and advance IC manufacturing processes and technologies. While executive conferences typically focus on the “what” and “why” of materials technologies, this conference focused on “how” new materials can be controllably, safely, and cost-effectively used in fabs. The Conference highlighted market data to validate “when” materials will be needed. Attendees from fabs, OEMs, and materials suppliers alike gained valuable insights into best practices of the entire supply chain.

Lauren Nickle, Vice-president of Process Materials, North America and Candace Plunkett, Global Transportation and Logistics Manager at Versum Materials, presented “Solutions to Global Logistics Challenges” during the event. Following the presentation, breakout sessions with key stakeholders from across the industry discussed strategies to drive excellence in the supply chain.

Nickle stated, “Each year, this conference consistently provides an effective platform for best practice sharing and open dialogue on complex issues. Versum is pleased to join other experts as we work collectively to find solutions to these challenges.”