European nanoelectronics industry to invest €100bn to keep
13 December 2012
Industry association AENEAS and the CATRENE programme have
published a new positioning document ‘Innovation for the future of
Europe: Nanoelectronics beyond 2020’.
The report highlights 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 at:
AENEAS is a non-profit industrial association established in 2006
federating European R&D players: large industrial companies, SMEs,
and research organisations. It sets the R&D agenda on
nanoelectronics in Europe, represents R&D actors in their
interactions with Public Authorities and brings together people with
ideas to run R&D projects. www.aeneas-office.eu
CATRENE is a EUREKA programme that began in January 2008 and aims at a
Technological Leadership for a competitive European ICT industry. It
brings together all key actors of the European nanoelectronics value
chain around R&D projects and market opportunities while addressing
societal challenges. www.catrene.org/