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SEMI confident about growth and expansion of India’s Solar/PV industry

Debasish Choudhury appointed President of SEMI India

Bangalore, India- January, 7, 2011: SEMI, the leading global industry association serving the manufacturing supply chains for the microelectronics, display and photovoltaic industries further reiterated its confidence, commitment and engagement with India’s burgeoning solar/PV industry. SEMI today also announced the appointment of Debasish Paul Choudhury as SEMI India’s new President. Choudhury will assume full responsibility for SEMI’s operations in India from January 15, 2011, and will succeed Sathya Prasad who has led SEMI India since its inception and will continue to participate in an advisory role through the transition.

Announcing Choudhury as SEMI India’s new President, Stanley Myers President & CEO of SEMI said, “With a rapidly developing solar PV supply chain, a growing global role in semiconductor development and consumption and a promising future in emerging high growth markets such as high brightness LEDs, Debasish Choudhury will bring valuable industry experience that will be a tremendous asset for Indian industry and SEMI members.”.

Accepting his position, Choudhury said, “It is an honour to take on the role of President of SEMI India at a juncture when the Industry is seeing tremendous growth and numerous new entrants. As a leading global industry body in this space, we look forward to playing a key role as an enabler of the Indian solar/PV industry and in its growth story.”

Congratulating India’s solar/PV community on the progress made, Sathya Prasad said, “we are looking forward to an exciting 2011 with much activity and momentum in evidence on the solar/PV front in India. As SEMI enters its third year of operations in India, SEMI India will continue its efforts to promote the Indian solar industry and its interests in the directions that SEMI works in globally – advancing technical standards, environment, health & safety (EHS) practices, organizing best in class trade shows and industry events, advocacy support and related market data & research.”

In his new role, Debasish Choudhury will oversee and further expand SEMI India’s programmes, committees, products and services in India, and strengthen relationships with SEMI members as well as industry, government, academia and other local associations.  Additionally, Choudhury will support SEMI members from across regions interested in SOLARCON India and the region’s PV manufacturing supply chain.

Debasish Choudhury brings over 16 years of management, industry information and exposition planning experience to SEMI. He previously served as Country Manager and Regional Editor for Trafalgar Publications, responsible for the Southeast Asia editions of Global SMT and Packaging magazine and Global Solar Technology Magazine and launched online editions of these magazines. Choudhury was the website editor of ‘Global Solar Technology’, ranked among ‘The top 50′ solar websites, since inception. Prior to this, he was General Manager of the Electronics Business Group at Exhibitions India, where he started SOLAR TECH INDIA and other technology and trade events.

SEMI established its Indian operations in 2008 and has been active since then in promoting the Indian Solar/PV industry, bringing together the various constituents of the manufacturing supply chain from India and overseas and in successfully establishing SOLARCON India as the premier and most looked forward to solar/PV trade show and conference in the country.

About SEMI/PV Group: SEMI India, the Indian arm of the global industry organization SEMI, was established in 2008. SEMI serves the needs of the industry and the manufacturing supply chains for the microelectronic, display and photovoltaic industries. Since 1970, SEMI has been committed to helping members grow more profitably, create new markets and meet common industry challenges. SEMI is engaged in nearly all of the major technology regions of the world including India. Primary activities include conferences and trade shows, international standards development, public policy, market research, environmental, health and safety (EHS). For more information, please visit

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