LONDON SEMI has claimed that its campaign for greater recognition of, and support for, chip manufacturing in Europe is paying off. Evidence for this will come Sept. 23, SEMI said, when it expects the European Commission's Directorate General for Enterprise & Industry will produce a communication recognizing the importance of "Enabling High-Tech" industries.
The European branch of industry body Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI) has been campaigning for greater recognition of, and support for, chip manufacturing in Europe.
The campaign has included a number of elements including: one-to-one meetings with Members of the European Parliament; organization of a site visit for 20 bureaucrats from the European Commission to the IMEC R&D center at Leuven, Belgium; sponsorship of a seminar to the European Commission by Malcolm Penn of Future Horizons.
SEMI has re-iterated that the European manufacturing base is shrinking as companies outsource device manufacturing to other regions, mainly to Asia. But SEMI has produced data to demonstrate the incentives, R&D funding, workforce development programs and favorable regulatory environment, that governments in other regions offer.
SEMI is urging the European Union and the member states to develop a pan-European policy for the semiconductor industry.
In particular SEMI wants the EU to review the state aid rules and provide public support for manufacturing in the form of public loans with favorable interest rates, direct incentives, business and corporate tax exemptions and subsidies for land, building, facilities and utilities.
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