European Plans to Reinforce Global Competitiveness — up for Discussion at 8th SEMI Brussels Forum

European Plans to Reinforce Global Competitiveness up for Discussion at 8th SEMI Brussels Forum

By Heinz Kundert, president, SEMI Europe

The equipment and materials market is slated to grow substantially in 2014 and Europe’s strategy to increase chip manufacturing capacity will create further opportunities for global companies and the local supply chain. Join us for the 8th SEMI Brussels Forum on 3 June 2014 to find out more about what the priorities for investment will be in Europe, with presentations from both public authorities and company executives from GlobalFoundries, Nanium, Soitec, STMicroelectronics and Texas Instruments among others.

The 8th SEMI Brussels Forum will discuss the latest developments in implementing the EU 10/100/20 strategy and how these impact materials and equipment suppliers. A group of industry leaders, set up by the European Commission and known as the Electronics Leaders Group (ELG), is now drafting a list of investment priorities to reinforce chip manufacturing capacity and develop new technologies for the high-growth market offered by the Internet of Things. These priorities should guide investments by the industry and by public authorities in Europe in the next few years, and a number of the ELG members will be present at the event.

Microsoft is hosting the 8th SEMI Brussels Forum at the Microsoft Centre in Brussels, an inspiring location showcasing the latest technologies that can support business, public authorities and citizens in their daily lives.

Cooperation across the supply chain is a key ingredient to achieving the EU 10/100/20 objectives and business developments are reflecting this trend. Just recently Microsoft completed the acquisition of the Nokia Devices and Services business: the deal brings new mobile capabilities and assets to Microsoft and confirms that the company wants a strong foothold in the hardware market, while at the same time continuing to develop its software for the Internet of Things and developing a global platform to connect billions of devices to the internet, from cars to wearables. The 8th SEMI Brussels Forum, just like SEMICON Europa 2014 in Grenoble, is looking to reach out to more companies further down the supply chain and support cooperation.

The SEMI Brussels Forum is the major annual event where industry executives from the semiconductor manufacturing and related industries meet and exchange views with European policy-makers.  Join us to find out more about the latest developments in Europe, network with representatives of European public authorities and understand how your company can benefit from the momentum in Europe.

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May 7, 2014