Regional Semiconductor Alliance aims for EU CHIPS Act boost

Regional Semiconductor Alliance aims for EU CHIPS Act boost

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By Nick Flaherty

27 regions across Europe have come together in the European Semiconductor Regions Alliance to boost the local semiconductor supply chain.

The regions, from 12 member states and Wales, launched the Semiconductor Alliance yesterday in Brussels to tap into the EU CHIPS Act funding. The alliance aims to focus on research and innovation for the development of new semiconductor technologies and applications, with the aim of promoting technological transfer and the market introduction of these advancements.

Simultaneously, it will work to boost talent and educational centres in this field, as well as collaboration and joint efforts among the clusters of participating regions, along with transregional agreements.

The regions at the launch are Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Hamburg, Hesse, Lower Saxony, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Saarland, Schleswig-Holstein, and Thuringia in Germany; Andalusia, the Basque Country, Valencia, and Catalonia in Spain; Flevoland and North Brabant in the Netherlands; Carinthia and Styria in Austria; the Centro region in Portugal; Flanders in Belgium; Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes in France; Piedmont in Italy, Tampere and Helsinki in Finland; South Moravia in the Czech Republic; Wales in the UK; and the Republic of Ireland.

The Alliance is more focussed on R&D and training with regional governments, alongside the Silicon Europe which expanded to 13 regions back in March that are more focussed on semiconductor design and manufacturing but will also be bidding for EU support. Most of the Silicon Europe regions are also in the regional alliance.

The Alliance is starting a ‘foundational process’ for the €43bn of funding the EU CHIPS Act for next-generation technologies, access to design tools and prototype production lines, chip certification procedures, support for startups, and the creation of international associations.

Catalonia in Spain is aiming to take a major role in the Alliance, although Flanders in Belgium also has strong research with imec and the German regions have strong semiconductor activities with new fabs in Dresden for ESMC and Madgeburg for Intel that are also aiming to tap into the EU CHIPS Act.

Catalonia is home to 86 companies in the semiconductor sector, generating nearly €160 million in revenue and employing 700 people. These are in addition to the 3,700 researchers with research projects in semiconductors field. This doesn’t include new semiconductor deals with Cisco and MPS, and the region has a portfolio of 22 potential foreign investment projects. These would represent an investment of €1.6bn and the creation of 1,800 jobs in the next two to three years, almost doubling the region’s semiconductor activity.


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