Momentum in Europe Building

Momentum in Europe Building

EU 10/100/20 Strategy Investment Wave — Access and Opportunity at SEMICON Europa

By Heinz Kundert, president, SEMI Europe 

The momentum is building as plans roll out regarding Europe’s ambitious new semiconductor manufacturing strategy. The new European Union (EU) industrial goal for micro- and nanoelectronics, dubbed the EU 10/100/20 strategy, was launched the end of May 2013. It anticipates € 10 billion public/private investment in research and manufacturing over the next seven years, with the European semiconductor manufacturing industry committing € 100 billion investment to support the strategy. The goal: Europe holding 20 percent of the global chip production market by 2020.

Implementation has already started, with the EC announcing in May the launch of five major projects to boost microelectronics manufacturing competitiveness involving over € 700 million in European Commission, Member State and industry funding.  The five projects or “pilot lines” will put research at the heart of electronics manufacturing, linking up 128 partners so that manufacturers work directly with technology companies, chip designers, researchers, and universities at the earliest stages of product development. Then in July, the EC announced a new EU funding instrument for nanoelectronics, ECSEL, with a total budget of €4,8 billion.  

Also in July, the French government launched Nano2017, a five-year public/private strategic investment program worth € 3,5 billion. Nano2017 addresses three technologies: FD-SOI for low-power, high-performance processing, next-generation imaging (sensors and image signal processors), and embedded non-volatile memories. At a ceremony near Grenoble, top French ministers convened at the STMicroelectronics site (Crolles) for the launch of the Nano2017 R&D program. Key ST partners for the Nano2017 R&D program included CEA-Leti and IBM. These programs will help companies from across the entire supply chain develop and validate 450mm equipment, and MEMS or GaN technologies.

According to the SEMI Worldwide Fab Forecast, semiconductor equipment spending will double in Europe in 2014, from US$ 2.4 billion to over $5 billion. SEMICON Europa (8-10 October in Dresden) will serve as next step in information, engagement and opportunity for this major investment in long-term manufacturing competiveness in Europe.

SEMICON Europa 2013 will feature programs led by industry experts on each of the major projects, including 450mm wafer processing, power electronics, MEMS, and FDSOI.  Over 40 programs with speakers from nearly 40 leading European fabs will provide the latest trends, technologies, and processes in advanced semiconductor manufacturing, including test, advanced packaging and 3D-IC, lithography, metrology and more. 

In the two-day special program, “450mm: Towards a Global Cooperation,” leaders from the Global 450 Consortium (G450C), EC and other public-funded projects, and leading suppliers will present and discuss the path to participate in the future of the semiconductor manufacturing. SEMICON Europa will also feature the 17th annual Fab Manager Forum on 7-8 October, the leading information and networking platform for advanced semiconductor manufacturing. The Executive Summit on 8 October will provide attendee insights into EU investment priorities and program participation. At the SEMI International MEMS/MST Industry Forum, “Taking MEMS to the Next Level,” leaders from all sectors of the MEMS value chain will address the critical issues enabling and challenging industry growth prospects for the coming 3-5 year period.

SEMICON Europa will again co-locate with the 2013 Plastics Electronics Conference and Exposition, Europe’s premier event focusing on the latest developments in printed, organic and large area electronics.  The combination of the two events offers visitors as well as exhibitors great synergies and opportunities. No other event combines the two disciplines under one roof like this event.

The wave of investments to regain market share for manufacturing in Europe has begun. Make plans now to attend SEMICON Europa 2013 (8-10 October, Dresden, Germany) to learn more about the opportunities offered by the EU 10/100/20 strategy, about the latest technology, and meet with the industry. Mark Thursday 10 October 2013 in your calendar for the EU Funding Opportunities Workshop (10:30-13:00) which will explain the basics around EU funding programs and will offer hands-on advice about how your company can join a project. Our programs will cover all major technologies, including 450mm wafer processing, power electronics, MEMS, FDSOI as well as advanced packaging, including 3D TSV.

For more information on SEMICON Europa, please visit: www.semiconeuropa.org. The event in Dresden will again be co-located with Plastic Electronics Europe. The conference and exhibition is the leading international technology-to-industry and industry-to-industry event focused on organic and large area electronics. It is the premium forum in its kind where professionals in the area and from around the world meet to present and to discuss progress of topics. For more information, please visit: www.plastic-electronics.org.

For more information on the EU 10/100/20 strategy, please visit: www.semi.org/eu10-100-20

I hope to see you at SEMICON Europa.

September 3, 2013