Key Drivers for Europe Growth and Innovation
By Michael Kaiser, senior manager, Business Development, SEMI Europe
How is Europe growing and what are the key drivers? Three major investment announcements were made by major companies:
- Intel with a €4 billion investment in a new chip manufacturing plant in Leixlip, Ireland
- GLOBALFOUNDRIES for the expansion of the world number one FDX technology development center in Dresden, Germany
- ST Microelectronics in Crolles, France
These investments will help fulfill the large increasing customer demand, which comes from a variety of companies, including Apple – with over 1 billion Euro investment.
Europe’s Innovation Cluster
All three companies are part of a regional cluster of innovation excellence. The development of such regional innovation clusters is driven by a unique local interaction between excellent research organizations such as IMEC, CEA-Leti and Fraunhofer Society and key industry player as well a huge group of highly innovative small- and medium- sized companies. These innovation clusters are an important European asset ─ Europe’s “hot spots of innovation” ─ and the location of several SEMI Europe’s key conference programs, such as the MEMS/Sensors Summit, the Imaging/Sensors Summit in Grenoble, the 3D Summit in Dresden. We expect more than 1,000 attendees in total!
SEMI Europe will support the region excellence through our flagship exposition, SEMICON Europa. For the first time co-located with productronica and Messe Muenchen, in Munich, the show will be the perfect opportunity to showcase the power of the regional ecosystems and to connect the regional players with the global supply chain and end users.
Automotive Industry Drives the Growth of Europe’s Semiconductor Manufacturing
One of the most important end user and key driver current wave of growth is the Automotive Industry. In particular, new generations of advanced driver-assistance systems demanding more and more MEMS, Sensors or ICs based on technologies developed and produced in Europe. The next wave of growth for Europe’s Semiconductor industry has just started to enable autonomous driving.
Materials for High Reliability Requirements and High-Frequency Mobile Communication Applications
The development of new materials for various application requirements will be seen as one of the next key challenges to enable and drive further new semiconductor products. SEMI Europe will launch a new Materials Conference at SEMICON Europa 2017 (November 14-17): this year’s first edition will focus on emerging materials, such as FD-SOI and ferroelectric memories, as well as integration trends across the entire microelectronics supply chain to meet application requirements in particular in the area of automotive and mobile communication. The presentations will highlight the latest innovations and provide an insider’s outlook and aims to connecting supply chain end users.
June 13, 2017