European nanoelectronics industry proposes to invest 100 B€ for innovation


Highlighting the need for Europe to substantially increase its research       and innovation efforts in nanoelectronics in order to maintain its       worldwide competitiveness, the document outlines a proposal by companies       and institutes within Europe’s nanoelectronics ecosystem to invest 100       billion € up to the year 2020 on an ambitious research and innovation       programme, planned and implemented in close cooperation with the       European Union and the Member States.

Nanoelectronics is not only strategically important to Europe in its       own right, it is also a key enabling technology to help solve all of the       societal challenges identified in the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme,” said       Enrico Villa, Chairman of CATRENE. “This important new positioning       paper, which has been put together and endorsed by all the major actors       in the European nanoelectronics ecosystem, including large industrial       companies, SMEs, research organisations and academic institutes, is       intended to open up discussions on how Europe-wide research and       innovation in nanoelectronics can be coordinated to maximise its       applicability and economic value.”

Europe’s semiconductor industry and research institutes remain at the       heart of Europe’s knowledge-based economy, contributing an estimated 30       billion € to Europe’s annual revenues. Its semiconductor companies have       dominant global positions in key application areas, such as transport       and security, as well as in equipment and materials for worldwide       semiconductor manufacturing. Nanoelectronics is not only opening up new       opportunities to exploit Europe’s strengths in equipment and materials       for worldwide digital microchip production, it also offers opportunities       to expand European semiconductor manufacturing on 150mm, 200mm and 300mm       wafers to produce the highly specialised nano-scale devices required to       interface digital chips to real-world application environments. Creating       these new devices will be critical to maintaining Europe’s world-leading       position in industry segments such as automotive, aerospace, medical,       industrial, and telecommunications.

Urgent strategy actions recommended in the positioning paper to secure       the future of Europe’s nanoelectronics ecosystem include extension of       the European Union’s dedicated budgets for Key Enabling Technologies to       reflect their common dependence on nanoelectronics; simplified       notification and enlarged eligibility for public funding in       nanoelectronics, and greater focus on European Union funding for       regional initiatives to support the proposed programme.

“Despite today’s climate of austerity, investing in technologies that       will sustain Europe throughout the 21st century and solve       important societal challenges such as energy efficiency, security and       the aging population, makes economic sense,” explained Mr Villa. “We       firmly believe that with the right investment and Europe-wide programme       coordination, the European nanoelectronics ecosystem can increase       Europe’s worldwide revenues by over 200 billion € per year and create an       additional 250,000 direct and induced jobs in Europe.”

Innovation for the future of Europe: Nanoelectronics beyond 2020’ is       available for download on the AENEAS       and CATRENE       websites.

Direct Link to Strategic Report: http://www.aeneas-office.eu/web/downloads/strategic-docs/sria_ict_components_systems_industry_april2012.pdf

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