Opportunities under Europe’s 10/100/20 Vision are Achievable
By Heinz Kundert, president, SEMI Europe
One year since the launch of the EU 10/100/20 vision, new EU funding instruments have been launched, EU rules now allow for large-scale public-private investment in manufacturing and industry has laid out an action plan for priority investments. Discussions during the 8th SEMI Brussels Forum on June 3 showed that the opportunities for companies investing in Europe are there for the taking.
Europe’s investment incentives are now comparable to other regions: up to 21.2% of a € 6 Billion fab could be financed through public funds. Speaking during the 8th SEMI Brussels Forum, Andreas Wild, director of the ENIAC JU and new executive director of the ECSEL JTI, demonstrated how a combination of public funding from EU, national and local levels could potentially support a large-scale public-private investment. To offset administrative complexity, Wild reassured the audience that there is sufficient expertise in Europe’s public administrations to assist those developing projects in the EU.
New funding programs to support research and innovation are in place. The ECSEL Joint Technology Initiative, a funding program that combines EU, national and industry funds, will launch its first call for projects on July 9. With a total budget of approximately € 4.8 Billion over the next 10 years, the program combines smart system integration research driven by the EPoSS European technology platform with a merger of the ARTEMIS (embedded systems) and ENIAC (nanoelectronics) Joint Technology Initiatives.
Small and medium-sized companies are a key target group for public
funding programs. Funding will focus on fewer technology areas where Europe is
strong and will encourage cooperation across the supply chain. The objectives
are clear: create critical mass, select innovative ideas and bring products to
market quicker. Cooperation projects offer opportunities to work enterprises in
the components and applications sectors, prototype products on pilot lines, and
test and demonstrate in live labs. This is what Europe is offering to create
products that will give it a competitive edge on the global market.
The value of participating in public funding programs is not just the actual financing, significant as it may be. The true benefit, in particular for small and medium-sized companies, is the cooperation with suppliers and potential customers, access to top-notch facilities and continual user feedback to not only bring a product to market, but bring it at the right time.
So What’s Next for Europe?
The opportunities are there, it is now up to industry to make the 10/100/20 vision a reality and benefit from new market opportunities.
Support of public authorities is high, but this should not be taken for granted; the world of politics, just like the world of business, is ever-changing. The new European Parliament elected in May 2014 has shifted its political center slightly to the right, with an increased number of Eurosceptics taking their seat. A new Commission will take office in November, with Jean-Claude Juncker, former Prime Minister of Luxembourg, nominated as Commission President. SEMI Europe and industry need to reinforce our joint advocacy efforts, if we want to maintain the momentum in favor of semiconductor manufacturing and increase Europe’s global market share.
Cooperation across the supply chain is a great opportunity for Europe to tap into its strengths and invest in high-growth markets. SEMICON Europa 2014 in Grenoble reflects the 10/100/20 strategy and will include new segments and programs, looking at electronic components and design and electronic applications for Energy Efficiency, Imaging, Healthcare and Security. This is a great opportunity to discover the best Europe has to offer and find out what’s next, with OEM speakers from Audi, Renault, Alstom, Siemens, Nokia, Microsoft, Gemalto, HP, Parrot, Philips Healthcare, Airbus, Schneider Electric, Continental and Sorin. Learn more; visit www.semiconeuropa.org.
With the support of the SEMI Europe Advocacy Partners