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Free State of Saxony and Silicon Saxony send regional ambassador to the USA

from left to right: Heinz Martin Esser, President, Silicon Saxony e. V., Dr. Udo Nothelfer, regional Embassador Silicon Saxony, Hartmut Fiedler, State Secretary, Saxon Ministry for Economic Affairs
from left to right: Heinz Martin Esser, President, Silicon Saxony e. V., Dr. Udo Nothelfer, regional Embassador Silicon Saxony, Hartmut Fiedler, State Secretary, Saxon Ministry for Economic Affairs

The Free State of Saxony and Silicon Saxony e.V. are eager to support Saxon enterprises and research institutions entering the US market. A regional ambassador is expected to reveal opportunities for cooperation and to open up new paths. The Saxon Ministry for Economic Affairs and Silicon Saxony e.V. will jointly finance this initiative.
 
As State Secretary Hartmut Fiedler points out: "The regional ambassador is expected to grant access for Saxon enterprises up to the top of the technological development within the semi-conductor industry. This way, companies may exploit attractive markets and thus, gain a competitive edge internationally. Both, the Saxon firms as well as Saxony as a business location will thus be noticed on the international stage.” Fiedler handed over the grant to Heinz Martin Esser, head of the industry network Silicon Saxony. Now, a representative may be sent to the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) in Albany. Dr. Udo Norhelfer, former CEO at the chip producer Globalfoundries in Dresden, will act as the regional ambassador. Having gathered experience in the semi-conductor industry for more than 30 years and due to his extraordinary expertise, he has a sound knowledge of the future issues in this sector.

According to Esser: "The regional ambassador supports us in actively shaping the future of the Saxon semi-conductor industry as Europe's major location for the micro and nanoelectronics. We will be right there when the sector prepares the transition into the next phase of manufacturing technologies. This project might be the trigger for innovation and growth in the field of Saxon economy and research, even beyond the microelectronics industry." In Saxony and the USA too, the next generation of the semi-conductor production technology on 450-mm diameter wafers is being researched. To be able to actively shape this global technological leap and thus, to secure the business location Silicon Saxony long term, the regional ambassador is to advance cooperation in the semi-conductor industry in the USA.

As Nothelfer explains: "Our Saxon semi-conductor industry has taken a pioneering role in the breakthrough of the current 300-mm diameter manufacturing standard already. The ambassador program enables us to leverage our experience and competence even more efficiently and to benefit from the exchange with US-American enterprises and researchers." There are further issues worth being fathomed and initiated as the advancement of the 300-mm diameter wafer technology as well as the process equipment required therefore, the development of equipment and process technologies in the field of MEMS and 3D-integration and cooperation across industries in industrial research and development projects.

The concept of a regional ambassador for the Saxon semi-conductor industry emerged in the course of a delegation trip of Saxon Prime Minister Stanislaw Tillich in April 2013, where he was joined by State Secretary Fiedler. A meeting with representatives from the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) at the University at Albany – State University of New York meant a significant station of this delegation trip, since there, a cooperation agreement with regard to strategic industry issues was agreed on and signed.

This project is restricted to one year initially with a budget of 160,000 euros. It is financed by the Free State of Saxony jointly with partners from the Saxon technology sector. Participating companies are: AIS Automation Dresden GmbH, Cascade GmbH, DAS Environmental Expert GmbH, Fäth GmbH, HAP Handhabungs-, Automatisierungs- u. Präzisionstechnik GmbH Dresden, HSEB Dresden GmbH, Peergroup GmbH, Qoniac GmbH, Roth & Rau-Ortner GmbH, Semsysco GmbH, TU Dresden - Faculty of Computer Science - Institute for Applied Computer Science, Vistec Electron Beam GmbH, ZNT AG, as well as Fraunhofer group for Microelectronics headed by professor Dr. Hubert Lakner.

Dr. Udo Nothelfer will be aided by a student apprentice at the Saxony Economic Development Corporation (WFS). Franz Selbmann, student at the TU Bergakademie Freiberg in the field of electrical engineering and sensor materials used the beginning of his practical training in May at Silicon Saxony in Dresden to get prepared for his tasks in Albany. He has now gone to the USA and he will stay there until August this year, financed by the Saxony Economic Development Corporation (WFS).
 
In the middle of June, Saxon entrepreneurs will travel to Albany to exchange experience with representatives of the "Global 450 Consortium" (G450C) with regard to the issue of "Green Manufacturing". This US-American consortium groups chip manufacturers as IBM, Intel, Samsung, TSMC and Globalfoundries with research institutions from the US-American federal state of New York in a Public Private Partnership Model.

College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE)
Global 450 Consortium (G450C)