European Semiconductor Industry to Discuss Strategies to Maintain Global Competitiveness at ISS Europe 2013
Discussing ways to bundle forces in a single strategy that has the potential to take on the technological, financial and entrepreneurial challenges ahead will be the topic of a highranking panel discussion at the conference.
Berlin, Germany - 14 February 2013 - The competitiveness of Europe's semiconductor
paramount topics at the ISS Europe (Industry Strategy Symposium) 2013, hosted by SEMI
Europe. The range of subjects reflects the current global trends dominating the worldwide
semiconductor industry and the urgency for the European industry to increase its
competitiveness and market-share.
SEMI, a global industry association, serves the manufacturing supply chain for the micro and
nanoelectronics industry. The industries, companies, and people SEMI represents are the
architects of the electronics revolution. SEMI members are responsible for the innovations
and technologies that enable smarter, faster, more powerful, and more affordable electronic
products and devices that bring the power of the digital age to more people every day. Its
European branch, SEMI Europe, bundles the forces of the European industry involved in
semiconductor-related research and development as well as manufacturing across the entire
At the ISS Europe, which will take place from February 24 through February 26 in Stresa
near Milano (Italy), top executives from the European semiconductor industry and highranking
EC officials will, against the background of Europe's dwindling share in the global
semiconductor business, fathom out the options to determine a single European industry
strategy. As the global semiconductor industry continues to make progress on the
semiconductor roadmap towards smaller geometries and larger wafer sizes, the investments
necessary to build and run leading-edge semiconductor manufacturing facilities are
exploding. The next technology step will involve the transition from 300mm wafers to 450mm
wafers and from UV lithography to EUV lithography. Both transitions require capital
investments in the double-digit billion-dollar range - certainly a serious challenge for Europe's
fragmented semiconductor landscape.
During the past years, the 'More than Moore' strategy has enabled the European
semiconductor industry to meet the demand of important vertical markets better than ever
before by providing products custom-made for the needs of these industries. Examples for
such markets are the Automotive industry and Industry Automation. In technology segments
associated to the More than Moore strategy, in particular MEMS and intelligent sensors,
semiconductor manufacturers with domicile in Europe have reached global technology
leadership. The ISS offers an excellent platform to further develop this strategy.
In this market and technology environment, discussions run high about the best way to
prepare for the future. This situation has led to calls for a different industry policy - for
example the Key Enabling Technologies initiative, which suggests to fund not only research
and development but also pilot projects in manufacturing.
Discussing ways to bundle forces in a single strategy that has the potential to take on the
technological, financial and entrepreneurial challenges ahead will be the topic of a highranking
panel discussion at the conference. The participants at this panel represent leadingedge
technology organizations including nanoelectronics research institutes CEA-LETI
(France) and Imec (Belgium), semiconductor manufacturers STMicroelectronics and Soitec,
equipment manufacturer ASML and the European Commission.
The strengthening the competitiveness of Europe's semiconductor industry is also the topic
of further presentations at the event. Malcolm Penn, CEO of the renowned British market
intelligence company Future Horizons, discusses the strategic options of Europe's
semiconductor industry against the background of the global market development. Thomas
Hueck, Chief Economist of German electronics giant Robert Bosch GmbH, will in his
presentation sketch ways to restore growth.
Other presentations, equally relevant to semiconductor industry professionals, will be
dedicated to technologies and technology management strategies including manufacturing
infrastructure, new materials for ICs, yield management and the impact of LED lighting to the
ISS Europe will be held at the Hotel Regina Palace in Stresa near Milano (Italy). This
conference offers a unique opportunity to interact with top-level representatives from the
entire semiconductor value chain and to network among customers, business partners and
peers. For more information on this event visit www.semi.org/isseurope.
About SEMI Europe
SEMI Europe is the European wing of SEMI, the global industry association serving the
nano- and microelectronics manufacturing supply chains. Its member companies are the
engine of the future, enabling smarter, faster and more economical products that improve our
lives. Since 1970, SEMI has been committed to helping members grow more profitably,
create new markets and meet common industry challenges. SEMI maintains offices in
Bangalore, Beijing, Berlin, Brussels, Grenoble, Hsinchu, Moscow, San Jose, Seoul,
Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo and Washington, D.C. For more information visit www.semi.org.