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SEMICON Europa 2015: Silicon Saxony looks back at a successful fair

Silicon Saxony joint booth at SEMICON Europa 2015.
Silicon Saxony joint booth at SEMICON Europa 2015.

SEMICON Europa 2015, the European leading fair for the semiconductor industry, took place from 6 to 8 October 2015 in Dresden. More than 400 exhibitors and 6,000 industry visitors from all over the world set some new standards this year. SEMICON Europa has never been bigger, more comprehensive and more varied in Dresden. The increasing integration of novel technologies and the intensified use of Smart Systems showed this year. Apparently, the current industrial focus is on the sectors automobile industry, medical engineering as well as Industry 4.0. Fields of expertise, the members of the cluster Silicon Saxony are players in as well. The Silicon Saxony booth alone was present with more than 40 exhibitors. Germany's largest microelectronics and ICT network is perfectly established along the entire value creation chain.


Silicon Saxony presents itself effectually with 40 exhibitors at their booth
Happy faces wherever you look. Numerous promising conversations. Worthwhile business transactions. The 2015 SEMICON Europa meant a raving success for the cluster Silicon Saxony. On the very first day already, its huge joint booth was one of the most frequented at the fair. At all tables and stands people worked intensely, debated hotly and for sure negotiated concrete deals. Shortly before the fair ended, exhibitors had already given consistently positive feedback. Following a hilarious Silicon Saxony booth party Wednesday night, Thursday started with one appointment chasing the other. Aside from the successful finish of the cross cluster project C3-Saxony and a highly frequented B2B-Matchmaking, Silicon Saxony concentrated on the presentation of its own fields of competence this year. As these three fair days demonstrated, the network is perfectly established along the entire value creation chain. Cross linked throughout Europe and the whole world, members and the association exchanged experience with their international partners until the last fair minute.

SEMI turned user industries into focus
For the very first time, SEMICON Europa 2015 offered special sessions dealing with the application of microelectronics in the automobile industry, in medical engineering and in smart factories of the future. Stephan Raithel, Managing Director of SEMI Europe explains: "This way, we aid the semiconductor industry to get in touch with those sectors advancing the use of chips most strongly at present. As one of the last reports by experts of IC Insight shows, we may expect the most significant growth rates in the automobile industry, medical engineering as well as ICT within the years to come. These are exactly the three fields of application we give increasing attention to at the SEMICON Europa 2015."

Materials and equipment for the semiconductor industry as well were in the focus at the SEMICON Europa 2015. Nevertheless, the fair program had been extended by a number of additional topics such as Imaging, Low Power, Power Electronics, Chip design and Packaging. SEMICON Europa 2015 is complemented by Plastic Electronics 2015, the worldwide most prominent expert conference with an exhibition in the field of flexible, extensive and organic electronics. All in all, the convention program of SEMICON Europa 2015 comprised more than 40 expert conferences as well as top level discussion rounds.

Top-class industrial experts held keynotes
Reinhard Ploss, CEO of Infineon Technologies AG and Hans Vloeberghs, Business Director Europa at Fujifilm accepted to give keynotes for the Fab Managers forum. Both were talking about the competitiveness of the European semiconductor industry and its expansion. The Semiconductor Technology Conference addressed the improvement of the productivity with regard to the advancement of the semiconductor technology. Peter Jenkins, Vice-President Marketing at ASML, Niall MacGearailt, Advanced Manufacturing Research Programme Manager at Intel and Paul Farrar, General Manager in the consortium G450C at the SUNY Polytechnic Institute's CNSE gave keynotes here. This consortium is currently creating the basis for the production of chips on 450 mm wafers.

Innovation Village supports founders
New at SEMICON Europa 2015: SEMI extends the Innovation Village in cooperation with its German partner High Tech Startbahn. The Hightech Venture Days and Innovation Village meant the ideal podium for European start ups and growing businesses searching for investors. A total of 60 newly founded companies got the opportunity to introduce their ideas and their business models to potential investors and industrial partners. Founders received support in the fields of micro and nano electronics, ICT, environmental and energy technology, car manufacturing, material sciences, machine and plant engineering as well as medical engineering and Life Sciences. These are exactly the core issues, which the European Commission has just recently defined as the social challenges.

SEMI increasingly solicits industry visitors from Eastern Europe
SEMICON Europa 2015 deepened the contact between European high tech industries, politics and science. Every European microelectronics cluster was present at the fair. SEMI moreover went to great efforts to attract customers from strategically interesting countries such as Hungary, Romania, Poland and the Czech Republic. For the years to come, SEMI will stick to the very promising project of alternating the SEMICON Europa between the two significant microelectronics clusters Grenoble and Dresden.

About SEMI
SEMI is the worldwide trade association of the nano and microelectronics industry and their suppliers. Its member enterprises are driving forces for manufacturing smart, fast and economical products for improving our living conditions. Since 1970, SEMI has helped its members to grow in a profitable way, to enter new markets and to cope with the many new challenges the industry poses on them. SEMI maintains offices in Beijing, Bangalore, Berlin, Brussels, Grenoble, Hsinchu, Moscow, San José, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo and Washington, D.C.

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