MedTech, Automotive, Diversity, Disruptive Technology: Industry Strategy Symposium delves into opportunities in digital innovation

The SEMI Industry Strategy Symposium (ISS Europe) 31 March – 2 April 2019 in Milan, Italy will soon host discussions about Europe’s most relevant strategic, economic and social needs. Top European companies, research and public institutions will debate on how Europe can seize the full potential of digital innovation through collaborations in the electronics, components and systems community – from enterprises of all sizes to researchers and academia. Registration is open.

An ideal forum for identifying opportunities and maximize competitive advantage, the symposium will explore how Europe can take full advantage of the potential of digital innovation. Seeking to educate, inform and create a discussion platform on digital Innovation and exploitation for attendees from all parts of the Electronics, Components & Systems community – from large enterprise to SME’s and RTO’s to Academia. Program highlights:

Market Opportunities and Investments

Accenture, DG Growth, European Investment Bank, and Roland Berger will kick off the symposium and highlight market potential opportunities, investigate what attracts investment in the digital economy and how companies must adapt to competitive challenges.

Value Chain and Ecosystem

Synopsis, BMW, STMicroelectronics, Siemens Healthcare, Schneider Electric, Gemalto, ASML, Robert Bosch, GreenWaves Technologies, Unico ViLynx, Recif, Sentronics metrology, and TU/ecomotive, University of Eindhoven, will look at some of the value chains that support key thematic areas of the new economy such as mobility, medtech, manufacturing and security. Industry players will investigate how the ecosystems create new capability through advanced collaborative R, D&I, and how those must exploit the technology to gain maximum commercial benefit. The role of public funding in catalyzing this approach will be discussed.

Disruptive Technology Issues – Where are we going?

Intel, Sense Reply, Microtronic, Cadence, DG Connect and the Barcelona Supercomputing Center will delve into the importance and risks of disruptive innovation. New applications, systems and products offer radically different approaches to “conventional” supply chains. Europe must be alert to these changes and either exploit new opportunities or adapt current industrial approaches to remain competitive. A very topical subject in this area is Artificial Intelligence.

Spotlight on Diversity and Inclusion

A diverse, highly skilled workforce is crucial to the industry’s ability to innovate and remain competitive amidst digital disruption. Francoise Chombar, CEO, Melexis, Kevin Crofton, Corporate EVP of Orbotech and President, SPTS Technologies and Michael Reeve, General Manager EMEA Semiconductor, Edwards will discuss why diversity and inclusion play an important role in fostering a workplace culture that enables higher levels of productivity, creativity, profitability, and innovation.

Panel Discussion: strategies for competing globally, trends in electronics innovation, and challenges of the digital economy.

Moderated by Gerd Teepe, T3-Technologies, the panel will debate how to leverage private-, venture- and public-stakeholders to expand the European semiconductor ecosystem.

Panelists include:

·       Lorenzo Fioramonti, Vice-Minister of Education, University and Research, Government of Italy

·       Harald Gruber, Head of the Digital Infrastructure, European Investment Bank (EIB)

·       Alain Jarre, Chairman & CEO, Recif

·       Patrick Leinenbach, Senior Vice President of Automotive Electronics, Robert Bosch

·       Ina Sebastian, Senior Director R&D&I Policy, Infineon

·       Lucilla Sioli, Director AI and Digital Industry, DG Connect

Hosted by SEMI Europe, the three-day flagship forum will feature an opening networking reception for the opportunity to connect with other executives. At the gala dinner, SEMI will announce the 2018 European Award recognizing the individual or team who has made a significant contribution to the European semiconductor, microsystems, photovoltaic or display industries.

For more information about ISS Europe 2019, please click here or contact Christina Fritsch at

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