- 13. October 2022
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“Sovereignty” for Europe – EBSCON 2022 was dedicated to the “sovereignty” of the European Chip and Electronics industry.
– Sovereignty of the chip and electronics industry needs the cooperation of large and small companies and start-ups.
– To achieve sustainability goals, a close look at the production conditions of semiconductors is necessary.
– The industry needs a new narrative to inspire the youth.
– More than 300 participants, 211 on site at the Graz Congress, 7 nations.
– Opening by Barbara Ebinger-Miedl, Provincial Governor Gaby Schaunig, Michael Wiesmüller, Federal Ministry for Climate Protection, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology, and Silicon Alps Cluster Managing Director Robert Gfrerer.
– Key note by Markus Stäblein, CEO NXP Semiconductors Austria, impulse talks on 4 topics and 3 further panels on two stages, B2B sessions and exhibition.
Graz/Villach 07.10.2022. The sovereignty of the European chip and electronics industry – i.e. how essential and important parts of the industry’s value creation can be brought back to Europe and how technology sovereignty can also be secured for the future – was the focus of EBSCON 2022, which took place on October 5th with more than 300 participants at the Graz Congress. Under the motto “Building Bridges for Tomorrow”, the top representatives of the European EBS(Electronic Based Systems) Industry, experts from research and the professional audience agreed on site and in the live stream that the ‘European Chips Act’ can be a milestone in the history of the EU, but that a rapid implementation of the investment commitments at the level of the nation states is needed. Other topics of exciting presentations and discussions were the opportunities for start-ups and SMEs in the field of EBS, ‘Security of Things’ through reliable EBS, and the implementation of the European Green Deal through electronics-based systems and energy efficiency. The presentation of Silicon Austria Labs, cooperation opportunities for start-ups and the Talent Spotlight on ideas for attracting employees rounded off the programme.
“Silicon Alps sees itself as an enabler of innovation and a bridge builder for cooperation. We are very satisfied with this year’s EBSCON and its more than 300 participants from Austria, Germany, Latvia, Poland, Slovenia, the USA and Japan. The networking and discussion between the live audience and the online participants worked very well again this year and confirmed EBSCON’s status as a beacon of the Silicon Alps network. And we received many great suggestions for EBSCON 2023,” says a pleased Robert Gfrerer, Managing Director of the cluster.
In her opening statement, Barbara Eibinger-Miedl, Minister for Economic Affairs of the Province of Styria, emphasised the pioneering role of Styria and Carinthia as an EBS hotspot as well as the excellent cooperation between companies and research for a digital and green transformation. Gaby Schaunig, Deputy Governor of Carinthia, emphasised that even more cooperation and speed will be needed to build bridges towards this transformation in a timely manner.
Topic 1: Sovereignty of the European Chip and Electronics Industry.
In his key note, NXP CEO Markus Stäblein explained the importance of innovations in the EBS and semiconductor industry for shaping the world of tomorrow: “We are facing an explosion in terms of smart end devices: By 2030, more than 75 billion end devices worldwide will be connected in an ‘Internet of Things’ – from cars to our smartphones to smart homes. Especially in the case of the car, as the most complex ‘end device’ on our planet, we are very quickly taking big steps towards the future. Already today, a car has around 1,000 semiconductors built into it, by 2030 there will not only be 40% more, they will also be able to process a much larger amount of data.”
What contribution Japan and the USA can make to realising Europe’s ambitions towards more sovereignty was the focus of Andy Kondo, Amplify Japan, and Dieter Hoffend, Intel Germany, in their presentations.
“Come to Japan now! We welcome European technology” was the extremely warm invitation from Andy Kondo, who gave an online overview of the Japanese EBS market and presented Kyushu, the Japanese “Silicon Island”. Kondo highlighted Japan’s open attitude towards innovation and the similarity of the two societies as particularly important factors for fruitful cooperation between Japan and Europe.
In his impulse statement, Dieter Hoffend summarised the intention behind Intel’s current massive investments in Europe’s chip and electronics industry, which will create tens of thousands of jobs, with the slogan “Developed for Europe – Designed in Europe – Manufactured in Europe” and emphasised the importance of cooperation.
Topic 2: Start-ups and SMEs in the EBS Ecosystem.
The opportunities for start-ups and SMEs in the EBS ecosystem formed the second main topic of this year’s EBSCON. Based on the impulse statements by Peter Sorowka (Cybus GmbH) and Markus Pistauer (CISC Semiconductor GmbH), the slogan “Agility meets Factory” was used to discuss opportunities for smaller companies within the European Chip Act, advantages and disadvantages of different forms of financing for start-ups and SMEs, cooperation opportunities, but also potential problems in cooperation due to different speeds.
Topic 3: “Security of Things” through Reliable EBS.
With their impulse statements, Jürgen Pansy (Nuki Home Solutions GmbH) and Michael Jerne (NXP Semiconductors Austria GmbH & Co KG) set the framework for the discussion on what contribution EBS can make to the security of the 75 billion networked end devices predicted for 2030. In addition to data security and data protection, the focus was on the importance of user confidence in the products.
Topic 4: EBS – Sustainability and Energy Efficiency.
Whether and how EBS can reduce the ecological footprint of both companies and individuals and thus support the European “Green Deal” was the focus of the presentations by Andrea Fabre (ams-OSRAM AG) and Sara Carniello (JOANNEUM RESEARCH). Here, too, it is true that in addition to excellent technology, cooperation and networking are needed to meet the challenges of climate change.
Focus: Finding Young Talents!
In view of the growing shortage of skilled workers, the search for new employees is particularly close to the Silicon Alps Cluster’s heart. As part of the “Talent Spotlight” panel, representatives from AMS, the Chamber of Commerce, AT&S and Uni for Life discussed very different strategies such as the international search for skilled workers, apprenticeship training in Austria, state support programmes, employee retention programmes and much more. The general tenor: the current situation is critical.
“We need a new narrative to attract young people to the EBS sector. Therefore, in our cluster work we will place a special focus on the topic of attracting new employees for our companies. We have already worked out two concrete project ideas for this and hope that we will soon be able to secure funding,” says Robert Gfrerer.
In the concluding panel discussion, the importance of a joint effort by politics and business to implement the digital and green transformation was emphasised. On the wish list of the Silicon Alps Cluster owners and main partners for EBSCON 2023 are, among others, the topics of best practices in cooperations, cooperation with the education sector and involvement of schools in the conference, successful mentoring in the B2B sector as well as inspiring inputs from outside the EBS ecosystem.
Matchmaking in the Silicon Alps Business Lounge.
Networking was not neglected at EBSCON 2022: In the course of the B2B meetings, new potential business partners were met in inspiring conversations and the basis for new cooperations was laid.
EBSCON 2022 was again held as a green event.