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The Semiconductors cluster: core elements of microelectronics production

Microelectronics plays a decisive role in the control of production processes, the automation of systems and the integration of Industry 4.0 technologies. On the other hand, semiconductor machinery and plant engineering is an elementary enabler in the complex production chain, from wafers to advanced packaging and increasingly demanding inspection tasks.

The exhibitors at productronica in the Semiconductor Cluster will be showcasing their latest innovations in these areas.

What is the state of semiconductor manufacturing in Europe? International competition, especially on the Asian market, has been strong for years. While the European share of global semiconductor production capacity reached more than 15% in the 1990s, this fell to less than 10% in 2020 (China 20%, Taiwan 19%, Japan 17%, Korea 14% and USA 10%).

The aim of the European Chips Act is for the share of semiconductor production in Europe to reach 20% by 2030. This measure is being funded with €43 billion and is intended to strengthen both research & development and the production of semiconductors along the entire value chain in Europe.

One element of the EU Chips Act, the "Chips for Europe" initiative is implemented through the tripartite Chips Joint Undertaking (Chips JU) and aims to promote the development and application of state-of-the-art nanoelectronic chip technologies and systems made in Europe with a budget of €11 billion until 2023.
Together with the European nanoelectronics community and the Member States, the Chips JU will create a portfolio of several pilot plants in the coming years for

  • advanced nanoelectronics technologies
  • a design platform for the design of state-of-the-art chips
  • various projects that use these technologies for innovation along the entire value chain in the fields of mobility, energy, health, robotics and chip manufacturing

The VDMA study "The chip shortage - challenges and opportunities for mechanical and plant engineering in Europe" published in 2023 showed that the technologies in demand, for example power electronics, are often components with larger structure widths (>28nm).

  • Semiconductor production
  • Production of displays, LEDs and discrete components
  • Photovoltaics production
  • Micro-/nano-production / MEMS
  • Cleanroom technology
  • Materials processing

The cluster for semiconductor manufacturing and semiconductor technology highlights the importance and significance of the sector in the industry. The scope of this cluster consists of critical core elements of the electronics manufacturing industry, namely: Besides semiconductor manufacturing, display manufacturing, LEDs and discrete components, all topics related to photovoltaics manufacturing, micro-/nano-production as well as materials processing and cleanroom technology are covered by the productronica. That is exciting for both - exhibitors and visitors.

By including the SEMICON Europa, the world's leading trade fair for electronics development and production, will expand its range in the sector for semiconductor manufacturing.

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