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Semiconductor experts discuss possibilities for Central Texas industry

Panels focused on the current state and potential for Central Texas to become the "strongest semiconductor ecosystem in the world."

AUSTIN, Texas — Industry executives and policy makers joined together on Wednesday to discuss their companies' roles in the Central Texas semiconductor system. 

The Austin Regional Manufacturers Association (ARMA) sponsored the March 9 panels to focus on the current state and potential future of the semiconductor ecosystem. 

ARMA said on the event page that Central Texas is home to one of the strongest semiconductor clusters in the nation, one that's "foundational to our economy" and provides "critical resources of chips" to the US. Executives from Samsung, Infineon, NXP, City of Austin and Texas Economic Development joined for the panel at 11 a.m. to discuss what's necessary to make Central Texas the "strongest semiconductor ecosystem in the world." 

KVUE's Mike Marut moderated the "Making it in Central Texas - Top Semi Execs on the current state of the industry" panel. 

In the afternoon, Jon Hockenyos spoke on the economic impact from semiconductors at 11:50 p.m., and a final panel on the strengths and opportunities in Central Texas for the development of the industry took place at 12:30 p.m.

Event speakers included:

Jon Taylor (Samsung), Steve James (Infineon), Farah Tuten (NXP) and Veronica Briseno (City of Austin). Moderated by Mike Marut with KVUE, Scott Lingren (Schunk Xycarb), Manuel Esparza (Applied Materials), John Newman (Athena Manufacturing), and Paul Kim (ATX Environmental Solutions).

In late February, President Joe Biden announced sanctions against Russia after Russian military forces invaded Ukraine. Part of those sanctions included cutting off supplies of technology components such as semiconductors. Central Texas is one of the hubs of semiconductor manufacturing in the U.S.

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