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From a semiconductor network to the trade association for Saxon future technologies: 15 years of Silicon Saxony

Prime Minister Tillich: "Silicon Saxony exactly embodies the network philosophy, which we may prove successful with when creating the digital change."
Prime Minister Tillich: "Silicon Saxony exactly embodies the network philosophy, which we may prove successful with when creating the digital change."

  • High tech cluster celebrates its 15th anniversary and is optimistic about its future
  • Saxon trade association with European impact
  • Board member Helmut Warnecke: "Cooperating in clusters advances the innovative power and ensures Saxony's technological edge in vital future-oriented fields."
  • Prime Minister Tillich: "Silicon Saxony exactly embodies the network philosophy, which we may prove successful with when creating the digital change."


Dresden, 24 March 2016. The Saxon high technology celebrates. About 15 years ago, on 19 December 2000, the trade association Silicon Saxony e.V. was launched.  As Silicon Saxony chairman Heinz Martin Esser recollects: " The recent 15 years were turbulent, eventful and exciting for the business location and our trade association.  We were pleased to welcome Federal Ministers and European Commissioners to the center of European microelectronics. On top of that, we have made our positions apparent for Berlin and Brussels. We have been a clear voice of the Saxon IT industry."  In February 2016 only, the German Federal Government published the framework program "Microelectronics from Germany - innovation driver for the digitalization" and has hence acknowledged and emphasized the significance of the ICT as the key industry for the German economy.

Platform for cooperation and future-oriented technologies
From the initial 20 founding members an international network with 320 enterprises, research institutes, universities and public institutions has developed, which portrays the range and capability of Saxony as an industrial location in the sector of high and future-oriented technologies. There, the cross-linking of various industries under the roof of the trade association is focused on. Starting with novel materials, microelectronics and system components up to devices, machines, plants and state-of-the-art software solutions –  the network members are active along the entire value creation chain of the ICT, and they find a platform  for cooperating in Silicon Saxony. As chairman Heinz Martin Esser states: "Interdisciplinary collaboration, as is crucial for the development of trend setting high technologies, needs a forum. This is positively what the Saxon high tech industry may gain from taking part in our trade association's work groups,  symposia, conferences and work shops.

Board member Helmut Warnecke underlines: "Whether Smart Systems, energy efficient ICT or future mobile radio standards –  the partners as well as members of Silicon Saxony essentially contribute to future-oriented innovations 'Made in Saxony'. Our trade association has repeatedly proven that a collaboration in clusters increases the innovative thrust at the industrial location and hence, backs up the Saxon technological edge in vital future-oriented fields."

Trade association celebrates its 15th anniversary
The high tech cluster, having been awarded the Gold Label for excellent cluster management by the European Cluster Excellence Initiative now brings together representatives from economy, science, politics and society at its anniversary celebration in Dresden. Aside from the opportunity for exchanging ideas and knowledge between research and industry, this event  will also put into focus what has been achieved thus far and will furthermore give an outlook at what will be happening in the years to come. Stanislaw Tillich will be among the guests as well. "Silicon Saxony represents a Saxon success story. According to the Saxon Prime Minister: " For 15 years now, the network has been contributing to strengthen and advance Saxony as an industrial location for ICT. Silicon Saxony exactly embodies the network philosophy, which we may prove successful with when creating the digital change.

 As Heinz Martin Esser points out: "We may look back at successes as the top cluster 'Cool Silicon', the European cluster alliance 'Silicon Europe', which has been co-founded by Silicon Saxony and a range of strategic and policy documents for the Saxon ICT and software sector. We do not rest though. Saxon as well as European high technology sectors continue to face enormous challenges.  Our work has long not been finished yet."

Industry summit on 31 May 2016 in Chemnitz
The Saxon IT summit will mean a next highlight on 31 May 2016. Jointly with the Chemnitz Economic Development Corporation, the trade association BITKOM and the network clusters IT Mitteldeutschland and IT-Bündnis Chemnitz, Silicon Saxony invites its guests to Chemnitz. This event means another possibility for leading representatives of the Saxon digital economy to discuss challenges and opportunities of the IT and software industries and their potentials for the advancement of the Free State of Saxony.


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Photo: Sven Claus/Silicon Saxony