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January 25, 2017

VIEWPOINT 2017: Christopher L. Henderson, President, Semitracks Inc.
VIEWPOINT 2017: Christopher L. Henderson, President, Semitracks Inc.
Christopher L. Henderson, President, Semitracks Inc.
2017 looks to be an okay year for the semiconductor industry. The last several years have been rather lackluster for our industry, but at Semitracks we're hopeful that we will see some growth this year. We're not predicting large growth, but we can see 5-10% if there aren't any exogenous shocks to the system.

In terms of training, we continue to see improved interest in training. The industry is moving past it's austerity measures that have been in place since the financial crisis and is more willing to invest in their staff.

We also see 2017 as a year when we incorporate more simulation into our training programs. As tools and wafer lots become more expense, the cost of mistakes becomes higher.

Therefore, like with airplane pilot instruction, we will see the need for learning more through simulations to make sure the tool operators have sufficient understanding of the system before actually using it. If we understand correctly from news articles, ASML has already made announcements to that effect for several of their lithography systems.

Christopher L. Henderson, President
Semitracks, Inc.