Towards World-Class Clusters

Towards World-Class Clusters

The semiconductor competition is not within Europe, but outside of Europe. All players in the ecosystem need to pull together and focus on what represents Europe’s best chance for success in a very competitive industry— clusters..

The European Cluster Observatory has identified around 2,000 statistically significant clusters in Europe. The EU does not lack clusters, but needs more “world-class” excellence. That’s why the European Commission developed its communication "Towards World-Class Clusters in the European Union: Implementing the Broad-based Innovation Strategy”.

SEMI Europe events are typically held in semiconductor regions throughout Europe such as SEMICON 2009 in Dresden or the next ISS in Dublin. To further explore the importance of clusters, I invite you to Grenoble on 25-26 June, not just to celebrate the 20th anniversary of SEMI Europe and JEMI France, but to exchange views on clusters from various angles: Political, R&D, Education, and Industrial.

Heinz Kundert

President, SEMI Europe

June 3, 2009