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Europe Launches Micro, Nano-electronics Strategy
Source: telecompaper.com
Source Date: Friday, February 14, 2014
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government
Country: Europe
Created: Feb 18, 2014

Electronics industry CEOs have delivered a plan to the European Commission. The industry leaders told European Commission Vice-President Neelie Kroes that Europe can capture up to 60 percent of new electronics markets, and double the economic value of semiconductor component production in Europe within the next 10 years. The detailed plan from 11 Electronics CEOs was requested by Kroes from an  Electronics Leaders' Group (ELG), set up in 2013.

The group recommends the EU focus on areas were Europe is strong – automotive, energy, industrial automation and security. The target is to double current production in the next 10 years. The EU focus should also focus on new high growth areas, in particular Internet of Things (IoT) and the development of 'Smart-X' markets (e.g. smart homes, smart grids etc.). The target is to capture 60 percent of this emerging market by 2020. The CEOs also believe Europe should focus on regaining strong presence in mobile and wireless communications. The target is for Europe to capture 20 percent of the projected growth of these markets.

On the demand side, the group proposes a major initiative dubbed ‘Smart Everything Everywhere’, to establish centres of excellence and zones for large-scale, real-life testing of emerging technologies throughout Europe.

On the supply side, the group sees an opportunity to increase capacity by 70,000 new wafers (the slices of semiconductor material on which the chips are manufactured) per month from 2016/17 onwards, with an average of 10 percent increased capacity per year.

In Europe, the semiconductor ecosystem itself employs approximately 250,000 people directly, with 2.5 million employed in the full value chain. Micro- and nano-electronic components and systems drive at least 10 percent of Europe's GDP, and worldwide demand is increasing annually at 9 percent (volume) and 5-6 percent (value).

The ELG will now work on transforming these ideas into concrete actions by June.

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