This report, co-authored with the French firm Decision, has just been authorized for publication by the European Commission. It is the result of a 14-month study undertaken by Future Horizons and the French firm Decision between January 2011 and February 2012.
It involved face to face interviews in Europe, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and the USA with senior industry executives across the full industry eco-system, from advance research institutes, equipment and materials firms, IP providers, IDM, fabless and foundry semiconductor manufacturers, end users and public authorities.
The purpose of the study was to identify the activities required to support research and innovation in the field of advanced semiconductor production and measures necessary to attract investments and to support advanced research infrastructures, prototyping and early nanoelectronics manufacturing in Europe with particular emphasis on 450mm manufacturing.
The 450mm transition is a unique opportunity to launch a European industrial policy, building on its strengths (R&D, equipment & material,
cooperative development) and an increased level of coordination to preserve the remaining manufacturing base in Europe and protect its innovation power in the future.
The report can be downloaded at the European Commission’s site.