NAJAS/KKC Business Speaker Series 53 
Austin, Texas
Ron McCune, Tokyo Electron U.S. Holdings

March 29, 2024

As one of Japan’s leading forces in the semiconductor industry, Tokyo Electron (TEL) plays an important role in the global conversation around technology sustainability.

The Austin edition of the NAJAS-KKC Business Speaker Series, Meet TEL, emphasized TEL’s role in Austin as a growing technology hub, provided insights into the Texas-Japan relationship, and introduced TEL’s initiatives for environmental sustainability and cross-cultural rapports. The event provided attendees with an opportunity to spotlight how TEL’s work towards environmental sustainability will impact the semiconductor industry, the Austin workforce, and the U.S.-Japan business relationship.

Mr. Ron McCune, Director of Strategy Planning of Tokyo Electron U.S. Holdings spoke about TEL’s corporate vision and commitment towards the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. TEL’s ambition is showcased through their recent move to reach Scope 1, 2, and 3 net-zero emissions by 2040. On the social outreach side, TEL FOR GOOD is a cultural initiative that touches on community involvement, educating employees on cultural differences between the U.S. and Japan, and inspires innovation through diversity and a value for a sustainable society

At the event, Keidanren’s Executive Director Kiyoshi Tanigawa dove into the importance of the U.S.-Japan economic and business relationship. Next, Opportunity Austin and Austin Regional Manufacturers Association (ARMA) shared their excitement on having new firms enter the Austin market. Opportunity Austin’s interim CEO Mr. Gary Farmer spoke on the talented labor force and innovative ideas that Austin has to offer and Austin Regional Manufacturers Association (ARMA) CEO Mr. Kevin Fincher explained the importance of manufacturing to Austin’s workforce. Mr. Mike Linder from the Japan-America Society of Greater Austin (JASGA) talked about the importance of cultural initiatives, bridging and developing the network of relationships at a grassroots level, and providing the soft infrastructure to entice Japanese businesses to get connected with their new community.