SEMICON Europa brings microelectronics industry to Dresden

  • The Saxon Prime Minister Stanislaw Tillich visited SEMICON Europa and learned not only about the latest trends in microelectronics and plastic electronics but also about the industry’s internationalisation strategy with initiatives such as Silicon Europe.

On October 8-10, 2013, the leading industry and research organisations of European microelectronics met at SEMICON Europa in Dresden. Amongst them were the Silicon Europe cluster partners.

Exhibitors and visitors from 20 nations came to Europe’s largest microelectronics cluster Silicon Saxony to attend the leading semiconductor event of the year in Dresden. Being held in the Saxon capital for the fifth time in a row, this year’s event focussed on the ambitious new €100 billion semiconductor manufacturing strategy announced by the European Commission in May 2013. Together, the leading players in European micro- and nanoelectronics discussed and planed the next steps in reaching the goal of Europe holding 20 per cent of the global chip production market by 2020.

The partners of Silicon Europe not only met in the course of this event for their Steering Committee Meeting, but also were present with an presentation wall in the heart of the Saxon joint booth. “SEMICON Europa is were the whole industry comes together. During the three days we had lots of interesting conversations about our joint goal to further strengthen the European microelectronics industry with visitors from all over Europe. One thing everybody agreed on: Only if the industry joins forces we have a real shot at staying competitive with Asia or North America in the long run. Silicon Europe is one step in the right direction and for this finds support across national and company boarders”, says Thomas Reppe, coordinator of the cluster alliance.