European Semiconductor Industry welcomes renewed focus on competitive European manufacturing for Key Enabling Technologies
Brussels, Belgium — 11 March 2013 — SEMI welcomes the launch of the second Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) High Level Group and the renewed emphasis it places on reinforcing European innovation and a globally competitive European industry.
“Europe is strong in R&D, but we can do better when it comes to innovation,” stated High Level Group member André-Jacques Auberton Hervé, CEO of Soitec and Vice-President of the SEMI International Board. “Industry is committed to Europe, its semiconductor ecosystem is rich and diverse with a number of centers of excellence. The KETs High Level Group, bringing together 4 European Commissioners, can help create the right policy framework in terms of competition, access to finance and supporting industrial production,” he added. The group was inaugurated by Commission Vice-Presidents Antonio Tajani and Neelie Kroes and Commissioners Máire Geoghegan-Quinn and Johannes Hahn.
Within the renewed KETs work, SEMI members’ priorities are, the revision of EU state aid rules, the support of prototyping and demonstration activities, with specific EU funding for pilot lines or Multi-KETs project and more generally EU support for large-scale manufacturing. European KETs industries operate on a global market – European state aid rules should acknowledge this reality and allow for increased public support for R&D and manufacturing in Europe. Revising EU state aid rules accordingly will help create a level playing field in the global market and allow Europe to compete for investment with other regions. SEMI welcomes the European Commission’s commitment to provide financial support to support large scale demonstrators – the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the European Investment Bank is also a welcome signal to the industry that Europe is committed to KETs.
Micro-/nano-electronics are a Key Enabling Technology