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Europe To Boost Micro- And Nanoelectronic Industries

A new initiative is supporting research, development and innovation and improvement in the entire semiconductor ecosystem
The European Semiconductor Industry Association (ESIA) welcomes the European Commission’s Communication “A European strategy for micro- and nanoelectronic components and systems".

The actions outlined in the Communication will strengthen the competitiveness and growth potential of the micro- and nanoelectronics industry in Europe, and build upon the European initiative on Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) and HORIZON 2020.

ESIA believes that this Communication takes a decisive approach to reinforce the European semiconductor industry, and to increase its contribution to the wider European economy.

ESIA commends the acknowledgment that semiconductors play a crucial role in driving business transformation and responding to growing societal needs. This communication recognises the electronics industry as a key force to address the challenges the economy in the EU is facing. 

ESIA fully supports the Commission’s multi-level strategy including financial support for research, development and innovation (R&D&I), as well as the improvement and better use of relevant legislation. Given the very high diversity of the European market, ESIA is pleased to see the entire semiconductor ecosystem being addressed.

With a clear focus on R&D&I, market pull for new application areas, education and production, the strategy builds on the four pillars ESIA has been promoting as a basis for a dedicated European industrial policy for the micro- and nanoelectronics sector.

Rick Clemmer, ESIA President and CEO of NXP Semiconductors, states, “Pilot lines and prototyping are a welcome addition to the European R&D stimulation programme. But this concept should not be limited to semiconductor manufacturing as such. Joint semiconductor downstream application pilots will provide significant additional leverage in economic growth and employment in areas such as the Internet of Things and Smart Cities, including Intelligent Traffic Systems, Smart Buildings and Smart Grids."

Executing on this Communication has the potential to reverse the current trend in the European semiconductor market, which has seen production in Europe drop to less than 10% percent of world production in 2011.

“Leadership in innovation is key to developing a sustainable advantage for European industry and we need to build on the scientific excellence in Europe to turn great ideas into globally competitive technologies and related manufacturing," comments Carlo Bozotti, President and Chief Executive Officer of STMicroelectronics.  

"With traditional strengths in analogue and power as well as more recent innovations in technologies, companies in Europe have the capability to continue to lead the development of the next wave of electronic products. The actions outlined in the Commission’s Communication demonstrate a clear commitment to Europe’s future," adds Bozotti.

Hendrik Abma, Director-General of ESIA, says, “ESIA welcomes the ambition and vision of the European Commission’s strategy. ESIA has consistently underlined the importance of the European semiconductor industry to the competitiveness and vitality of the European economy, as well as to tackling the grand societal challenges, such as energy efficiency and aging populations."

ESIA looks forward to the full implementation of the European Commission’s strategy for micro- and nanoelectronic components and systems. ESIA is fully aware that the strategy’s successful execution requires significant alignments among all stakeholders.


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