The Silicon Alps Electronic Cluster is a public-private partnership that brings together Austrian players from industry, science and public authorities to develop and position the electronics and microelectronics sector with a regional focus on the locations Carinthia and Styria. The Silicon Alps cluster regards itself as a long-term strategic alliance and a tool for cooperative, efficient and business-oriented location development.
Our overarching objectives are:
To boost the competiveness and innovative performance of its members
To raise the added value in Carinthia and Styria
To promote the location’s international visibility
To enhance the location’s attractiveness for start-ups and business establishment
The Silicon Alps cluster represents equally the interests of its partners and the public in objective location development based on facts and opportunities. Our services are especially geared to SMEs, business founders and cooperation project developments.
The Silicon Alps cluster directly supports the »Silicon Austria« initiative by the bmvit – the Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology – and the technology platform ECSEL-Austria. At the European level, the Silicon Alps cluster, in alliance with »Silicon Europe«, replaces the former me2c – [micro] electronic cluster association.
The Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology (bmvit), the federal provinces Carinthia and Styria are providing start-up financing in the amount of 750,000 euros each (250,000 euros per year in the first three years). The participating industrial enterprises each contribute 25,000 euros per year. This secures financing for three years with approx. 1 million euros a year.
The Villach-based Silicon Alps cluster was designed as a shareholder structure, with shares held by both of its public partners, Kärntner Wirschaftsfond (KWF) and Steirische Wirtschaftsförderungsgesellschaft (SFG), as well as the Carinthian and Styrian industrial associations. The companies are selected across the entire value chain and cover the field of microelectronics and beyond, comprising the electronics manufacturing, assembling, system integration, process measurement and control technology industries and providers of services specialising in microelectronics. After it has become established, the industrial associations will withdraw from the cluster.