The semiconductor industry sent out optimistic signals at the beginning of its annual industry meeting Semicon Europe in Dresden. In times of euro crisis and indebtedness, accurate forecasts are difficult. "Nevertheless, our industry has remained extremely robust so far, " said Heinz Kundert, President of the industry association Semi Europe. "If things continue, there should be growth again, we're in good spirits." Kundert expects growth of 3 to 5 percent this year with a similar result in 2013.
According to Kundert, the industry must continue to do its homework to stay competitive. "If Europe loses its chip industry, the other European industries will come under pressure, " was a message from the semi-president. Europe is at a crossroads. New technologies would change the market and put microelectronics companies under pressure. As an example, he called "smart grids", ie computer-controlled intelligent power grids. All relevant industry players would have to synchronize their interests and pull together. This requires a better coordination of interests between the EU and its member states.
Kundert is thus alluding to the opulent state support of the semiconductor industry in Asia and the USA. The development of future technologies requires high investment: "Individual regions or companies can no longer afford this alone." Therefore, it is important for the industry to understand itself as a European industry and to represent its interests in harmony with the EU and national governments.
At the Semicon Europe, 342 exhibitors from 20 countries will present technologies, equipment, components or services until Thursday. More than 40 events and seminars complete the program. Parallel to the Semicon runs the fair Plastic Electronics, which deals among other things with organic and printed electronics. (Dpa / Jha)spoods.de