SEMI issues recommendations to the European Commission to strengthen the resilience and competitiveness of the chip ecosystem in Europe

SEMI issues recommendations to the European Commission to strengthen the resilience and competitiveness of the chip ecosystem in Europe

January 12, 2022 – SEMI, the global industry association that brings together the entire electronics manufacturing and design supply chain, has released recommendations to the European Commission to increase the resilience and competitiveness of semiconductor ecosystems in Europe. 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 diverse global network of suppliers and stronger strategic partnerships are key to this strategy.

“Semiconductors must remain at the heart of Europe’s industrial and technological ambitions,” said Laith Altimime, president of SEMI Europe. “With the launch of Industrial Alliance on processors and semiconductor technologies and the announcement of the European Law on CHIPS, Europe has taken a crucial step in ensuring the resilience of the supply chain and the future competitiveness of its microelectronics ecosystem.
The alliance and the European CHIPS law will be essential to secure the funding, suppliers and networks essential to the European semiconductor ecosystem. The recommendations aim to take advantage of Europe’s strategic position in on-board electronics to make it a global center of technological excellence and leadership in driving disruptive innovations.

SEMI Europe presented 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 president and chief executive officer of imec, and members of the board of directors.

Manufacturing

  • Develop semiconductor manufacturing capabilities with a focus on end-sector needs to maintain global leadership and market share.
  • Advancing Europe’s leadership in the international standardization of smart manufacturing technologies.
  • Support the introduction of circular economy strategies in semiconductor manufacturing.

Research and innovation

  • Create pan-European research, innovation and development roadmaps for advanced semiconductor technologies.
  • Create a European Observatory for Innovation in Semiconductor Technologies.
  • Improve the protection of collective research and development (R&D) data in Europe by ensuring the sharing and transfer of knowledge between industry, universities and research and technology organizations (RTOs).
  • Create a European Semiconductor Fund to help develop the capacity for European innovation in semiconductors.

Supply chains

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

Skills

  • Leverage Skills pact for microelectronics as the basis for requalifying and improving the skills of the European talent pool.
  • Promote the development and mobility of the workforce for better access to international technological expertise.

Directory Symposium on Industrial Strategy Europe (ISS Europe), on March 17, 2022, in Brussels, will bring together European leaders in the microelectronics industry and government officials to improve their dialogue and collaboration.

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

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

About SEMI

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


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Mary I. Bruner