At the beginning of a new year you always look back on the previous year and make new plans for the coming year.
2011 has been a very special year for IBS. After years of research and development we delivered our first Isara 400 coordinate measuring machine to the IOM Leibniz Institute in Germany. This has been a milestone for us and for our customer. Needless to say we are very proud of this achievement. More about our Isara further on in this newsletter.
2011 also was my final year as euspen president, which I handed over to prof. Paul Shore in May 2011 during the very succesful (and beautiful) conference in Como. I look back with great pleasure having served as president and I am proud of the things achieved during my presidency.
What to expect from 2012?
This always is a difficult question, but especially now. If we may believe the press with their non-stop newsstream of bad news about the worsening economic climate, 2012 is going to be a horrible year. Fortunately however, the reality seems to be different. In a recent publication from the SEMI association called "Fearless into a doomsday year" it is expected that spending in the Semiconductor industry might decline with about 10% compared to 2011. However, if you realize that 2011 was a record breaking year, 2012 is expected to be very good, especially in the 2nd half of the year. For the total year the expectations are the same as for 2007, which is still considered as the best performing year ever. I am starting 2012 with great confidence!
I hope you can join me in this confidence and wish you all the best for the year ahead!
Dr. ir. Henny Spaan