European Parliament Reps Exchange Viewpoints
It’s been busy at Applied Materials from a Government Affairs perspective. Not only did we host a delegation from the Italian government, we also hosted a delegation of six members of the European Parliament.
The delegation was led by The Hon Dr. Werner Langen and consisted primarily of members of the German CDU/CSU party. They were interested in learning more about Applied Materials, particularly about technology developments in our Energy and Environmental Solutions division. They also wanted to better understand what makes Silicon Valley so conducive to research and development (R&D).
Our CEO Mike Splinter officially welcomed the delegation and several Applied executives were on hand to meet with them including, Franz Janker, EVP Corporate Account Management, Manfred Kersbaum SVP, Chief of Staff, Om Nalamasu Deputy Corporate CTO, Jonathan Pickering, VP of Solar Marketing and Gary Fazzino, VP of Government Affairs.
There was an active discussion around Applied’s strategy for reducing costs, increasing efficiency and enabling scale in solar, as well as our progress in developing equipment for energy efficient glass (Low-e). The group also focused on the role of government policy. While we acknowledged Germany’s leadership in implementing favorable solar policy, which has resulted in double digit growth for the solar market over the last five years, we underscored the importance of continued policy and incentive programs for sustainable market growth.
The meeting was productive and the delegation left with a better understanding of Applied Materials and our role as a technology leader.