Semiconductor and MEMS Manufacturers Form Semconductor Purchasing Group

The Fab Owners Association (FOA), the association of semiconductor / MEMS manufacturing executives and suppliers, has announced the formation of a semiconductor Group Purchasing Organization (GPO), to be called FOA Purchasing Partners, Inc. (PPI). PPI will be the official group purchasing organization of the FOA and its device maker members, providing procurement services, including aggregation of demand, contract negotiations and contract management for semiconductor manufacturing consumables. L.T. Guttadauro, FOA Executive Director will also serve as President of PPI.

“Our expectation is to add additional preferred vendors to our current list, providing our device maker members with cost savings well beyond what single members may be achieving today,” stated Mr. Guttadauro.

Brent Wilson, ON Semiconductor director of wafer fab operations and FOA Director, said, “FOA Purchasing Partners, Inc. creates synergy among the device maker members to pool our consumable purchases and maximize buying power. It is the purpose of the FOA to provide member companies with innovative operational methods and strategies. PPI is consistent with our purpose.”

Operations are to start immediately.

The FOA’s device maker members are the following companies: AMI Semiconductor, Austriamicrosystems AG, Avago Technologies, Cypress Semiconductor, Delphi Microelectronics Center, Fairchild Semiconductor, Freescale Semiconductor, International Rectifier, Intersil, Jazz Semiconductor, MagnaChip Semiconductor, Micrel Semiconductor, Microchip Technology, NXP, ON Semiconductor, Skyworks Solutions, Spansion, and X-FAB.

FOA device maker member companies represent approximately 1,100,000 eight-inch- equivalent monthly wafer starts and over US$27 Billion in annual revenue.

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