Rene Kautschitsch, marketing manager full service foundry at IC designer and manufacturer austriamicrosystems, has been elected as the new vice chairman Europe of the semiconductor industry association, World Semiconductor Trade Statistics Inc. (WSTS).

Kautschitsch took up this position on October 1, 2008 for a period of 18 months. In this role his responsibilities include determining and representing the position of the chapter membership at WSTS Executive Committee and Board of Directors meetings. Furthermore he will be responsible for organizing and running the WSTS regional meetings for the European Chapter.

WSTS, established in 1986, is an industry association of 73 semiconductor companies around the world representing close to 80% of the global semiconductor market. Its mission is to provide timely, accurate and authentic semiconductor market data on industry product shipments across product lines serving broad marketing and executive needs and documenting past and anticipating future business trends.

austriamicrosystems has been an active member of WSTS since 1992.