SAN JOSE, CA - ? SEMI, the global trade organization representing the nano- and micro-electronic manufacturing supply chains, today announced that next year?s SEMICON Europa will be held in Grenoble, France and alternate with Dresden, Germany in future years to better address pan-European opportunities and challenges in semiconductor design, technology, manufacturing and applications. The new pan-European strategy was developed with input from exhibitors, leading chip manufacturers, representatives from Europe?s leading semiconductor clusters, and other government authorities and constituencies in order to leverage Europe?s renewed commitment to semiconductor technology and manufacturing leadership. This rotation strategy strongly supports the recently announced European Union?s 10/100/20 initiative (www.semi.org/eu10-100-20), in addition to providing increased business opportunities for both our exhibitors and visitors.
Following SEMICON Europa (www.semiconeuropa.org) on October 8-10, 2013 in Dresden, Germany, SEMICON 2014 will be held at Alpexpo in Grenoble, France on October 7-9, returning to Dresden in October 2015.
The German industry association Silicon Saxony e.V. supports the new exhibition strategy. ?SEMI?s decision now is another step to further strengthen the idea of a competitive European semiconductor industry,? said Heinz Martin Esser, President of Silicon Saxony e.V. ?It was Saxony where the European cluster alliance ?Silicon Europe ? The Leaders for Energy Efficient ICT Electronics? was born. We are joining forces in the spirit of a pan-European strengthening. Our connection with Grenoble will also entail further benefits for Dresden.?
The City of Dresden also supports SEMI?s decision. ?We are very proud that ? for five times in a row ? the industry chose Europe?s largest micro- and nanoelectronics site to discuss current topics and trends. Dresden has been the origin of critical input that led to a re-evaluation of the semiconductor industry by the European Commission,? said Dirk Hilbert, Deputy Mayor of Dresden: ?Coexisting European semiconductor sites more and more become cooperating alliance partners.? Hilbert expects Dresden and Grenoble to further work together in interdisciplinary topics such as Industry 4.0 in the future.
?The city of Grenoble is very proud to welcome SEMICON Europa 2014 for the first time and in rotation with the city of Dresden, with which we have a longstanding collaboration. Our region has been deeply involved and active in the microelectronics field since many years with the presence of industrial world leaders as well as world-class research institutes and numerous startups. I am convinced that SEMICON 2014 will definitely confirm our international visibility,? said Michel Destot, Mayor of Grenoble and member of the French Parliament.
?This decision is very good news for the microelectronics ecosystem of Grenoble and for the collaboration of European clusters. We wish to contribute to the success of the SEMICON Europa event for the benefits of European SME?s, startups, research and large groups enabling networking and collaborations of all stakeholders,? said Loic Lietar, President of Minalogic.
?SEMI strongly supports the expanded commitment to the European microelectronics industry and is confident that rotating locations for SEMICON Europa is the best strategy to serve our exhibitors and help accelerate the growth of European industry,? said Denny McGuirk, President and CEO of SEMI. ?This new plan will engage more sectors, more constituencies and play a vital role in the expansion of Europe?s technology industries.?
SEMICON Europa (www.semiconeuropa.org) is the leading exhibition and conference dedicated to the future of micro- and nanoelectronics design and manufacturing in Europe. Leading companies will exhibit and showcase the latest equipment, materials, software and solutions and over 100 speakers will share information on the latest trends, technologies, processes and techniques in electronic applications, design and manufacturing. SEMICON Europa will be held on Oct 8-10, 2013 in conjunction with the Plastics Electronics Conference and Exhibition (www.plastic-electronics.org) to showcase Europe?s most innovative companies, institutions and people.