Recommendations for European Commission to bolster Europe’s chip ecosystem

12 January 2022

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SEMI, the global industry association for the entire electronics manufacturing & design supply chain, has issued recommendations to the European Commission for growing Europe's semiconductor ecosystem resilience & competitiveness.

The recommendations focus on the critical need for Europe to strengthen its microelectronics ecosystem with a long-term, forward-looking semiconductor manufacturing strategy and regulations that encourage more innovation. A diversified global network of suppliers and stronger strategic partnerships are key to that strategy.

Semiconductors must remain at the core of Europe’s industrial and technological ambitions,” said Laith Altimime, President of SEMI Europe. “With the launch of the Industrial Alliance on Processors & Semiconductor Technologies and the announcement of the European Chips Act, Europe has taken a pivotal step in securing supply chain resilience and future competitiveness of its microelectronics ecosystem.”  

The alliance and European Chips Act will be central to ensuring the funding, suppliers and networks critical to Europe’s semiconductor ecosystem. The recommendations are aimed at building on Europe’s strategic position in embedded electronics to make it a global centre of technological excellence and leadership in driving disruptive innovations.

SEMI Europe outlined the following recommendations to increase the resilience and competitiveness of the semiconductor ecosystem in Europe. The recommendations were approved by Luc Van den hove, SEMI Europe Advisory Board Chair and President & CEO of imec, and board members.

Manufacturing
•    Expand semiconductor manufacturing capacities with a focus on end-sector needs to maintain global leadership and market share.
•    Advance Europe’s leadership in international standardisation of smart manufacturing technologies.
•    Support the introduction of circular economy strategies in semiconductor manufacturing.

Research & innovation
•    Create pan-European research, innovation and development roadmaps for advanced semiconductor technologies.
•    Establish a European Semiconductor Technologies Innovation Observatory.
•    Enhance protections for Europe’s collective research & development (R&D) data by safeguarding the sharing and transfer of knowledge among industry, academia and Research & Technology Organisations (RTOs).
•    Create a European Semiconductor Fund to help scale European semiconductor innovation capacity.

Supply chains
•    Encourage the sharing of best practices and approaches to mitigate future supply chain risks.
•    Develop common strategies for better securing the semiconductor supply chain, including semiconductor equipment, materials and raw materials.

Skills
•    Leverage Pact for Skills for microelectronics as the foundation for reskilling and upskilling Europe’s talent pool.
•    Promote workforce development and mobility for better access to international technological expertise.

The annual Industry Strategy Symposium Europe (ISS Europe), March 17, 2022, in Brussels, will gather European microelectronics industry leaders and government officials in order to enhance their dialogue and collaboration.

For more information about the initiative, please contact Marek Kysela, Senior Coordinator Advocacy at SEMI Europe, at mkysela@semi.org

Visit SEMI Global Advocacy and SEMI Europe Advocacy to learn more about public policy efforts and developments.


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SEMI® connects more than 2,400 member companies and 1.3 million professionals worldwide to advance the technology and business of electronics design & manufacturing. SEMI members are responsible for the innovations in materials, design, equipment, software, devices and services that enable smarter, faster, more powerful and more affordable electronic products. Electronic System Design Alliance (ESD Alliance), FlexTech, the Fab Owners Alliance (FOA) and the MEMS & Sensors Industry Group (MSIG) are SEMI Strategic Technology Communities, defined communities within SEMI focused on specific technologies. Visit www.semi.org to learn more.


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