SEMI Europe Advisory Board gets new member

SEMI has appointed Dirk Stenkamp, Management Board member and chief operating officer (COO) of centrotherm photovoltaics AG, member of the SEMI Europe Advisory Board. centrotherm photovoltaics is a wo…

SEMI has appointed Dirk Stenkamp, Management Board member and chief operating officer (COO) of centrotherm photovoltaics AG, member of the SEMI Europe Advisory Board. centrotherm photovoltaics is a worldwide leading supplier of key equipment and production lines for the production of crystalline and thin-film solar cells. “This appointment represents both a high distinction and, at the same time, an incentive for me, stated Stenkamp. “I am looking forward to contributing my experience and knowledge from the semiconductor and photovoltaic equipment sector to the association“s work. One of my central concerns in this context is the cost-efficient, prompt and high-volume production and provision of new product generations that benefit all of our global customers.” In the equipment sector this also entails the combination of the terms “time to market” and “volume to market”. Further topics for the newly appointed board member concern the strengthening of Europe as a globally leading region for high-end and high-quality equipment, the securing of increasingly scarce raw materials, as well as the securing of highly qualified personnel for the sector. The question “How can photovoltaics benefit from semiconductor technology, and vice versa, concerns Stenkamp as COO of centrotherm photovoltaics AG, which operates in both areas. The Semiconductor & Microelectronics division of centrotherm photovoltaics AG, the world“s leading technology and equipment provider to the photovoltaics sector, is to be further expanded over the next few years. “We are pleased that, with Dr. Stenkamp, we have gained an additional recognized expert and leader for our SEMI European Advisory Board. We look forward to his strategic guidance, and share his industry insights and represent the collective interests of our members towards sustainable growth and profitability,” commented Heinz Kundert, president of SEMI Europe. Stenkamp holds a degree in physics, and a Ph.D. in semiconductor physics. He commands more than 20 years of experience gained in the semiconductor and photovoltaic sector. Before joining centrotherm photovoltaics, he was a member of the management of various Carl Zeiss Group companies, and most recently on the Management Board of Carl Zeiss SMT AG, Oberkochen (Germany), a leading supplier of production equipment for the semiconductor industry. Centrotherm has been actively involved with SEMI Europe for many years, and became member of the organization in 2002, and is involved in SEMI exhibitions, standards activities, and regularly attends SEMI events and uses SEMI market statistics and other relevant information.