Silicon Europe strategy unfolds

  • Silicon Europe Meeting in Dresden

After the successful completion of the first work package, the Silicon Europe cluster partners met in Dresden to start the next phase of the cluster alliance’s road map. Now the focus is all on analysing and utilising each cluster’s individual strengths.

Right before the opening of Europe’s leading semiconductor event, SEMICON Europa, in Dresden, representatives of the Silicon Europe partners in Germany, France, the Netherlands, Belgium and Austria met in Dresden for the “WP 2 Meeting”. The attending Steering Committee Members of the five microelectronics regions presented the status quo of their individual cluster analyses: Each of the Silicon Europe partner clusters is currently conducting a sound and thorough review of its strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) in order to identify both possible competitive advantages and challenges. “In order for Silicon Europe to really further strengthen the European microelectronics industry we need to take advantage of each others individual characteristics. Every cluster is unique in its specialties and players. Only if we combine our strengths can we create a sustainable symbiosis everybody can benefit from”, says Thomas Reppe. coordinator of the cluster alliance. After the SWOT-presentations the partners discussed the subsequent complementarities analysis on a project basis where the partners will identify possible transregional collaboration potential.

On October 9, 2013, the partners met again for the discussion of the work packages 3 and 4. “Our goal is to define a joint action plan and develop a comprehensive strategy for further internationalisation in order for our cluster alliance to grow stronger step by step”, says Reppe. The next meetings are scheduled for November 2013. “If everything goes according to plan we will be able to present our joint action plan in early 2014”, the cluster coordinator concludes.