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Starting up of the Alliance Silicon Europe

Starting up of the Alliance Silicon Europe



Minalogic is pleased to announce the launch of the Silicon Europe Alliance, which took place on October 6, 2015 at the Semicon Europa trade show.



The Silicon Europe Alliance is a consortium of twelve digital technology clusters from across the continent covering the entire microelectronics value chain. Together, these clusters represent some 2,000 digital industry stakeholders spanning both research and industry. Alliance members will cooperate on initiatives to generate new R&D and business partnerships at the European level and promote Europe’s digital industry, a source of crucial technologies for many sectors of the economy. 


The six founding members of the Alliance—Silicon Saxony (Germany), Minalogic (France), High-Tech NL and BCS NL (the Netherlands), DSP Valley (Belgium), and Me2c (Austria)—welcomed six new members: NMI (United Kingdom), MIDAS (Ireland), mi-Cluster (Greece), SCS (France), GAIA (Spain), and Fondation Distretto Green and Hi-Tech of Monza Brianza (Italy). Peter Simkens, Director, DSP Valley, and Isabelle Guillaume, General Manager, Minalogic, were elected Chairman and Vice Chairwoman of the Alliance.


The Silicon Europe Alliance will further one of the European Commission’s strategic objectives by supporting Europe’s microelectronics and digital industries to ensure these industries remain competitive on global markets. The Alliance members presented their joint strategy on October 6, unveiling a plan that will leverage each member cluster’s unique experience and know-how to roll out initiatives that will deliver high added value to cluster members:

  • Support for cluster members’ international business development plans, with priority given to SMEs and, in the near term, export sales to Taiwan and the United States
  • Assistance for SMEs seeking financing from the public and private sectors
  • Technology transfer
  • Communications under the Silicon Europe brand to promote Europe’s strong position in microelectronics and digital technologies


“The Alliance will position us to build upon the strengths of each regional cluster to create the kind of R&D and business opportunities that will help our members grow,” said Isabelle Guillaume, General Manager, Minalogic. “SMEs are expecting clear benefits from the Silicon Europe Alliance, in the form of expanded networking between electronics SMEs across Europe to facilitate cooperation and encourage effective business partnerships. We also hope to use the Alliance to spur EU organizations like the ECSEL Joint Undertaking for Electronic Components and Systems for European Leadership to more closely align their aid programs with SMEs’ needs,” said Serge Maginot, CEO, Tiempo, a member of Minalogic.


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Members' testimonies on the assessment Silicon Europe


Serge Maginot, CEO Tiempo, “European collaborative R&D projects (ENIAC, ECSEL...) are clearly not adapted to SMEs (very long and heavy project submission process, heavy administrative burden, unacceptably long payment process). In such a context, the benefits of Silicon Europe for SMEs are clear: to ease collaboration between European SMEs, to help SMEs to better know the other European SMEs working in the same domain, to favor European SME networking to ease the creation of true business partnerships between SMEs, to influence European organizations (e.g., ECSEL) to adapt their project organization to SMEs (not asking for more funding here, just asking for higher efficiency). All these benefits are available at French cluster level, why not at a European level ? Within Minalogic, there is excellent networking between the members, with a true collaborative spirit. There are also very efficient national (FUI) collaborative project submission procedures and management, well adapted to SMEs.”


Nelly Kernevez, Partnership director, SOITEC “Thanks to Silicon Europe, SOITEC promoted its SOI technologies at an event organized by Silicon Europe in Brussels in November 2014 with key policy-makers and was able to organize a SOI workshop at the Silicon Saxony Day in Dresden in July 2015 which gathered 50 participants interested by the the high level panelists composed of representatives of the industry (IFX,ST, GF, NXP), universities  (UCL) and the European Commission (ECSEL). These events allowed us to highlight the strong competitive advantage that SOI represents for the European microelectronics’ industry and its innovative applications (automotive, lightning, consumer…). It was all the more important in the context of Global Foundries’ engagement in FDSOI22, to explain the importance that the technology has for industry in Europe.”


Jean-François POLLET, VP Business Development, Dolphin “Dolphin participated in the B2B event organized by DSP Valley in June 2015, alongside 3 other Minalogic companies. The outcome of this participation was positive. We found a partner whose expertise was complementary to ours, and jointly submitted a bid for a call for tender which we won! The whole thing happened very quickly after our encount that day. It is a small project but small streams become great river! We also met a potentially interesting Dutch partner. We do enjoy these B2B events. “  

Ennio Capria, IRT Industrial Liaison Engineer, European Synchrotron (ESRF) “Thanks to SE gigantic network we had the opportunity to approach some key player in the micro-and nano-electronics European market. We started with the participation to an edition of the Silicon Saxony Day brokerage event in Dresden. Furthermore, we had the chance to collaborate more closely. Silicon Europe helped us promoting an Expert Panel that we are organising at SEMICON 2015 in Dresden. They helped us to diffuse the news on various channels, mainly online and in the social media. Moreover, they offered us the opportunity to be invited at the "Eighth European Semiconductor Cluster Forum" in Grenoble, an event with a selected audience from the European micro- and nano-electronics industry. We are extremely grateful to Silicon Europe, and in particular to Kate Margetts, the proactive Grenoble local point. This network was very efficient, fruitful and supporting to our activity and we would be delighted to pursue our collaboration and exchange in the future.”  

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