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Mentor is industry pacesetter

Oct 27, 2017
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With over 35 years of experience in the field of electronic design automation, Mentor (formerly Mentor Graphics) has been at the forefront of the industry and further consolidated its global status following its acquisition by German automation giant Siemens in 2016.

Mentor President and CEO Walden Rhines is aware the company’s success rests on its ability to grow faster than the semiconductor industry that, observed Intel co-founder

Mentor President and CEO Walden Rhines

Gordon Moore, is seen to have doubled the number of transistors per square inch in integrated circuits every year since they were invented.

“Our industry grows a little faster than the semiconductor industry, which in recent years has seen typical growth of between 6 and 7 percent per year. The biggest reason for new growth is from the adoption of design automation by system companies,” Rhines said.

Following this trend, Mentor looks to Japan, which remains an important part of Mentor’s business. While Japan’s semiconductor industry has been consolidating, electronic design automation has begun to happen in the automotive and aerospace sectors.

“The most exciting part about Japan is that Mentor is the leading supplier of design software for the electronics in cars, planes and trains. So major automotive companies offer enormous growth for Mentor and we are engaged with most of them,” Rhines said.

Mentor is no stranger to Japan, where one of its largest global automotive customers is based — automotive parts maker Yazaki. With the integration of Mentor into Siemens’ $11 billion Digital Factory Division well underway, Rhines remains focused on securing more business, particularly from automotive and aerospace companies.

“Japan is very important to us because Japanese industry optimizes capabilities for a wide variety of industrial, consumer and automotive applications. This has created enormous opportunities for our customers and consequently for the development of Mentor’s design tools and capabilities,” he said.

Salem: A growing momentum

Oct 27, 2017
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Playing a pivotal role in Oregon’s history, the City of Salem continues to be a leader in promoting the state’s innovative business climate, natural resources and workforce. The state’s capital and second-largest city, Salem is a preferred investment location.

Home Depot from the air in Salem, Oregon

“Salem’s economy is doing extremely well and is continuing to grow. Our community works together to promote everything that makes Salem a great place to work, live and play,” Salem Mayor Chuck Bennett said.

Salem has the qualities businesses seek when deciding where to locate including access to major freeways and airports and being less than an hour away from Portland and the state’s universities.

The teamwork by the City of Salem and Mid-Willamette Valley’s Strategic Economic Development Corporation (SEDCOR) has attracted Amazon, Yamasa Corp., Henningsen Cold Storage, FedEx, Home Depot and Garmin to the area.

A shovel-ready industrial park, Salem’s Mill Creek Corporate Center plays a major factor in region’s growth.

“We have a high-quality resource base in terms of water access, food and agriculture. For a market like Japan, this is exactly the kind of place where you can develop American-made goods to be brought into the Japanese food stream,” Bennett said.

Oregon’s Tualatin Valley: Where tradition meets innovation

Oct 27, 2017
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Located between Portland and the Oregon Coast along the Pacific Ocean, Tualatin Valley is a safe, convenient and affordable destination that combines tradition with innovation.

David Hill Vineyard in Tualatin Valley

Just minutes from downtown Portland, this is the perfect home base with access to the best of western Oregon.­

Plan a day trip to Cannon Beach, Mount Hood or Portland, and stay in the Tualatin Valley. Take in the diversity of outdoor adventure, tax-free shopping, wine tasting and more.

With over 30 estate wineries, Tualatin Valley is known for its exceptional wines and welcoming tasting rooms. Beer lovers will enjoy the top-notch craft beer at the dozens of taprooms and brewpubs.

Tax-free shopping beckons at Oregon’s premier shopping destinations, Washington Square and Bridgeport Village. Adventure-seekers can feel the thrill of flight along a zip line or in an indoor skydiving tunnel. Photograph the scenic beauty of the forest along the Banks-Vernonia State Trail, while soaking in the peaceful sights and sounds of nature.­

Tualatin Valley’s hotels provide great value for travelers. Affordable room rates, free parking, complimentary amenities and welcoming staff are the hallmarks of the destination’s hotels.

These and many more adventures are waiting here in Tualatin Valley, Oregon. It’s easy to get here; Delta Airlines offers regularly scheduled non-stop flights from Narita Airport near Tokyo to Portland, Oregon.

Northwest USA 2017 was prepared for and originally printed in The Japan Times Newspaper.

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