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Silicon Europe partners meet at various industry events

The European microelectronics industry met at a number of important industry events in April and May 2015. Starting at the Hannover Messe on April 6 the industry experts moved to HighTechSystems in the Netherlands and to the Smart Specialisation event in Austria. The partners of Silicon Europe were always a vital part of those events.

This year’s Hannover Messe was dedicated to the technologies of future production and manufacturing. For Smart Fabs in the age of Industry 4.0, microelectronics is the heart and soul: robots, intelligent tools and smart software are all based on the developments of the micro- and nanoelectronics industry. Hence, the partners of the European cluster alliance, uniting the large microelectronics sites in Germany, France, Austria, Belgium and the Netherlands, were not to be missed in Hannover. “The Silicon Europe partners with their expertise in developing and manufacturing chips and technologies for Smart Fabs and automation processes are among the European key players when it comes to keeping up with the global market”, says Frank Boesenberg, project manager of the European cluster alliance. “When we talk about this year’s motto ‘Integrated Industry – Next Steps’, we have to talk about the strengths of European microelectronics – and these are represented in Silicon Europe.”

The Hannover Messe was clearly marked by the Netherlands in their role as this year’s partner country. Together with the German Chancellor Angela Merkel the country’s Prime Minister Mark Rutte visited the exhibition halls that were decorated with 30,000 orange tulips. “The Netherlands is way more than just flowers”, he said emphasising the high tech know-how of the present industry representatives. “We build microchips as naturally as dykes.” Mrs Merkel then even received a tulip from the hands of a robot dressed in a traditional costume from Delft.

Subsequently, the microelectronics experts met again in the Netherlands. On May 7 and 8 the second edition of “High-Tech Systems” took place in the City of ‘s-Hertogenbosch. “High-Tech Systems” is the international conference and exhibition on high-end system engineering focussing on the high-tech systems industry in all European areas with significant high tech roadmaps. The cluster alliance Silicon Europe was present at the fair and also used this industry event to discuss the fast pacing progress of its common projects in a cluster meeting on May 8, 2014.

Finally, the Smart Specialization conference from May 26 to 28 in Villach (Austria) brought together the European experts for creating innovative technology clusters in Europe. Silicon Europe and its representatives shared some of their gained experience in creating successful industry clusters even across national boarders. In sharing their knowledge the partners of Silicon Europe made a major contribution to the conference’s central result: A compilation of recommendations for the regional funding in Europe on the road to 2020. Thus, Silicon Europe once more helps shaping the European environment for micro- and nanoelectronics.

Picture credits: Henk Gerards