AT&S Advocates Smart Technology for Chongqing Upgrade


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Dr. Hannes Androsch, AT&S supervisory board chairman and chairman of Chongqing mayor’s international economic advisory council (CMIA), attended the 13th Annual Meeting of the CMIA in Chongqing, China on September 16, 2018. It is the fourth consecutive year for AT&S to participate in this most influential event.  Over the past years, AT&S has been sharing its insights and suggestions to support Chongqing’s sustainable growth.

Androsch hosted the panel discussion themed “Intelligence contributes to industrial upgrading” at the 2018 annual conference. He kicked off the topic with a keynote and underlined the importance of shifting traditional manufacturing in Chongqing to high-end, smart manufacturing. He proposed to drive the development of smart technology in Chongqing by establishing a high-end industrial ecosystem, fostering highly qualified labour force and creating a competitive and open investment environment for investors.

In a digital world and in a smart production environment, semiconductors as an enabling technology play a key role for the successful transformation. Semiconductors are fundamental components that make up the servers, computers and devices that can process tons of data, enable automation and robotics, as well as drive artificial intelligence. Building up the entire supply chain from IC design, production of silicone chips including IC substrates to packaging is a strategic move to support the digital transformation of the production and the entire society.

Androsch advocates government to encourage collaboration between foreign partners with Chinese universities and research institutes, support foreign innovation and R&D in high-end manufacturing, as well as provide financial support for high-end and capital-intensive manufacturing operations.

Through the combination of these three important success factors, Chongqing will be able to achieve a healthy transition to a smart manufacturing hub, further establishing the city as a significant player in China’s overall growth strategy.

Chongqing is one of the most important production bases for AT&S worldwide. The company has invested in the world’s most advanced IC substrates and substrates like PCB production facilities in Chongqing since 2011 and established a state-of-the-art smart production system. By combining new and existing technologies, AT&S enables innovative interconnect architectures in semiconductors that is the requirement of future product architecture in years to come. AT&S is fully committed to continuing its path of technology and innovation in Chongqing and contributing to the development of semiconductors industry and value-added manufacturing industry in China.

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Ingrid Sauer, AIC, Chen-Jiang PHUA, AT&S China, Andreas Gerstenmayer, CEO AT&S AG, Liu Guiping, Vice Mayor of Chongqing, Dr. Hannes Androsch, Wang Kuiwan, Deputy, Secretary General of Chongqing, Zhouqing, Deputy Director General of Chongqing Commission of Economy and Industry Informatization

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