European Union – EEAS (European External Action Service) | Silicon Europe Taiwan Day Forum

The European Economic and Trade Office (EETO), together with the European Business Regulatory Cooperation (EBRC) hosted a field of distinguished micro- and nanoelectronics experts at its Silicon Europe Taiwan Day Forum. The forum, attended by around 110 representatives of European and Taiwanese industry and research entities, showcased insights on European excellence in the fields of micro- and nanoelectronics, presented European competitive clusters’ know-how, experience and innovations, such as “Silicon Europe”, as well as offered the opportunity for direct B2B matchmaking. SEMI Taiwan, the Taiwan branch of the global industry association serving the manufacturing supply chain of micro- and nanoelectronics industries, supported the event. The forum was part of the EU’s efforts to enhance EU-Taiwan cooperation aimed at paving the way for sustainable engagement and cooperation between Europe and Taiwan.

Viktoria Lövenberg, Deputy Head of Office of the EETO, and Freddie Hoeglund, CEO of the European Chamber of Commerce Taiwan (ECCT) delivered opening remarks at the forum by welcoming greater information exchanges and future cooperation between Europe and Taiwan. Ms Lövenberg declared that the EBRC outreach event aims to develop the “cluster-to-cluster” concept between the EU and Taiwan. This will include a permanent representation of European Clusters in Taiwan (and vice-versa), cooperation between SMEs, research centres, academia and multinational companies, better access to local partners, a business/ go-to-market accelerator and promotion of clusters. Mr Hoeglund indicated that, as the largest organization representing European business in Taiwan, the European Chamber of Commerce Taiwan counts among its members global leaders across a wide range of industries, including ICT. He added that the ECCT represents business interests, and recognizes the need to nurture and develop partnerships between corporations, government, research and academic institutions and that the ECCT will continue to promote business development for the benefit of both Europe and Taiwan.

The event hosted experts from the European Commission and Member States. The European experts shared presentations on research and innovation on electronic components and systems in Europe and the strengths of European microelectronics. Willy Van Puymbroeck, Head of Unit A4 Components from DG-Connect, European Commission, detailed the EU’s roadmaps of Component and Systems technologies in ICT, and the Horizon 2020 programme. He indicated that Europe is a great place for cooperation and investment, which leads to a “win-win” situation for EU-Taiwan cooperation.

The partners of the European clusters alliance “Silicon Europe”, notably clusters from Minalogic (France), DSP Valley (Belgium), High Tech NL (Netherlands), Silicon Saxony (Germany), and Fondazione Distretto Green and High Tech of Monza Brianza (Italy), shared their expertise in disruptive innovation and technological development, cooperation within individual clusters and with European clusters, and called for international cooperation with Taiwan. The experts delivered a clear message that cooperation  between industry, academia and administrations has been a key enabler in enhancing successful IT and micro- and nanoelectronics clusters in Europe. Silicon Europe and its partners cover the whole semiconductor value chain and shape a cutting-edge network of micro- and nanoeletronics actors in the heart of Europe. The European ecosystem for innovation is expected to be a good example for the development of Taiwanese high-tech clusters and future EU-Taiwan cooperation. Between the forum sessions, a coffee break and networking time was held to allow members of the audience to interact with speakers.

The European experts were Willy Van Puymbroeck, Head of Unit A4 Components, from DG-Connect; Veronique Pequignat, Internationalization Strategy Leader from the Silicon Europe; Fabien Boulanger, Innovation Expert from the Silicon Europe; Lode Lauwers, Vice President Core CMOS Business & Strategic Accounts of IMEC; Ben van der Zon, Program Manager of High Tech NL; Isabelle Guillaume, General Manager of Minalogic Cluster, Georg Lipperer, CEO of CS CLEAN SYSTEMS AG; Giuseppe Izzo, General Manager of STMicroelectronics Taiwan & Chairman of the ECCT.