Rolling Out our Europe Growth Strategy

By Laith Altimime, president, SEMI Europe

I would like to share SEMI’s commitment to sustain European industry excellence and growth. In this article, I’ll explain how SEMI Europe is engaged ─ with European Commission representatives, with the future of automotive, with plans to overcome the challenges of workforce development and talent pipeline, and an outline of SEMI policy strategy in semiconductor and electronics manufacturing.

Accelerating industry and government collaboration

SEMI, as the global industry association representing the electronics manufacturing supply chain, is providing European policymakers with industry input enabling public policies that help Europe become a center of excellence for sustainable and innovative electronics. To this end, last September, SEMI held a high-level meeting with the European Commission DG Connect, during which participants discussed key pillars of growth for the electronics industry in Europe.

During the meeting, I emphasized the importance of EU policy documents such as Important Projects of Common European Interest (IPCEI) as well as future framework programme 9 (FP9) to keep Europe’s leadership in electronics manufacturers. I also brought policymakers attention to electronics materials and equipment as key areas for “smart” verticals and their increasing needs from the upcoming FP9 in three years.

Automotive industry, the driving force behind electronics manufacturers’ growth 

Last month at the SEMI – Audi meeting in Germany, participants emphasized the rapid growth of automotive electronics. As automobiles become more connected, they require more intelligence, communication speed and memory that can be met by new generation ICs, sensors and telematics. Such electronics innovations provide extended powertrain control, connectivity, infotainment, security and safety mechanisms to the automotive industry.

In this context, SEMI’s key initiatives (such as Smart Automotive) brings together automotive companies and suppliers along the value chain as well as SEMI Standards that drive IC reliability in automotive paves the way for autonomous cars by 2030. SEMI encourages its stakeholders to get involved in its automotive actions.

SEMI Europe Workforce Development Roadmap

SEMI has built a Workforce Development Roadmap to support the European electronics industry’s re-skilling and competitiveness. The European electronics industry’s skills challenges are not limited to, but include aging workforce, quantity of STEM graduates, fragmented school-to-work transition as well as low participation by women. Taking into account such challenges, the SEMI Roadmap is built on four key pillars: Industry Direction, Advocacy, Awareness Raising and Inspiration; plus Pan-European Partnership.

SEMI Europe is now implementing specific initiatives aligned with its four-pillar approach. In December 2017, a Member Forum in Dresden on Talent Pipeline will be organized, where industry leaders will present best practices. Similar platforms by SEMI will be launched over the next year on Women in Tech and Global Talent Pipeline. SEMI is also creating a dedicated working group on skills, called Workforce 4.0 Advisory Group. SEMI invites interested parties to contact us to get involved.

New European Industrial Policy Strategy, a step in the right direction

SEMI welcomes the European Commission’s New Industrial Policy Strategy, as it is a step in the right direction for the future of Europe ─ putting the manufacturing sector under the spotlight.  SEMI is pleased to see that the electronics industry is used extensively as an example where public policy can pool and mobilize resources for the competitiveness of Europe. SEMI is positioning European electronics manufacturers for various initiatives of the Strategy, including Strategic forum for Important Projects of Common European Interest, and a High Level Group on Key Enabling Technologies.

As always, please read about our upcoming events here: SEMI Europe events.

Laith Altimime
President, SEMI Europe

Global Update
November 14, 2017