SOURCE: Advanced Forecasting

June 12, 2006 08:00 ET

Is the Semiconductor Industry Overheated Now? Forecasts Presented During Seminar to Provide the Answer

SARATOGA, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 12, 2006 -- The semiconductor industry has been on a continuous growth phase now for just over four years, reaching the record formerly held by the 1992 through 1995 boom, which ended with the 1996 recession. The industry may be approaching a similar situation of over-heating that just preceded the recessions of 1996 and 2001. Knowing when the end will occur for the current silicon cycle becomes critical to protect profits and maintain market share. An annual seminar held during the Semicon West show in San Francisco by Advanced Forecasting, the industry's most accurate forecaster, assists attendees in learning which tools are required to predict this change and gauge over-heating.

The quantitative forecasting house will also share several of its forecasts, including those for IC revenues, IC units, semiconductor equipment (CMP, Inspection and Measurement, Ion Implant, Assembly, Test, Sputter, Surface Conditioning, Expose and Write, Thermal Processing), materials, wafers, and a preview of its forecasts for IC segments (optoelectronics, standard linear, application specific analog, etc.).

Early Bird registration ends June 16th, so sign up today to guarantee your seat in this popular seminar.

"In general, companies cannot insulate themselves from the effects of an industry downturn, but they can reduce that impact by predicting market fluctuations and implementing measures well in advance of those changes," said Dr. Moshe Handelsman, President of Advanced Forecasting, who has 30 years of quantitative forecasting experience. "The ability to forecast your own Turning-Points allows you to predict the appropriate time to reduce inventories, refrain from hiring too many employees, and when to lock in long-term contracts with clients and short-term contracts with suppliers to take advantage of pricing changes that will definitely occur in a downturn," continued Handelsman.

Founded in 1987, Advanced Forecasting is a leader in forecasting demand for semiconductors, semiconductor equipment by segment, and materials industries. Its unique features are using purely quantitative input and never retroactively modifying its forecasts. It provides the industry's most accurate forecasts and has a user base of more than 400 companies worldwide.

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