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The Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Eva Maydell expressed to participants of IPC’s European Executive Forum her commitment to see a European Chips Act that would bolster the entire semiconductor ecosystem, including those segments critical to advanced packaging.
That’s good news for the electronics industry given the important role that MEP Maydell plays in the European Parliament’s ongoing deliberations on the Chips Act. She is the EPP Group Rapporteur on the Chips Act and the Rapporteur on the Chips Joint Undertaking.
In her remarks to IPC members, she noted that Europe commands only 5% of packaging capability globally, a percentage that will need to increase given the criticality of advanced packaging for performance as well as lower energy consumption. Always a champion for innovation, she also offered to continue to work with IPC and the European electronics industry in the lead-up to her draft report on the Chips Joint Regulation.
IPC has been in touch with MEP Maydell and with many of her colleagues to bolster the Chips Act by providing:
- A definition for advanced packaging that includes assembly and test, IC substrate fabrication, and embedded components
- Greater affirmative support for investments in advanced packaging R&D and industrial capacity
- Greater articulation that the Chips Act is the 1st step in a process of strengthening Europe’s electronics manufacturing ecosystem.
IPC is working with our members and industry peers to secure greater support within the European Parliament.
Nolan Johnson, I-Connect007
Normally, the holiday season is a slow(ish) news time, but this year just feels different. My opinion is that the technology industry banked up a whole bunch of innovations and new products during the pandemic disruptions, which are coming to market as quickly as possible. The November/December news is full of technology discussion, as my selections this week clearly demonstrate.
Pete Starkey, I-Connect007
As we stepped out of the hotel into the drizzling rain, we were relieved that it wasn’t snow. Looking down the escalator into the U2 platform in Munich’s Hauptbahnhof central station early on the morning of Tuesday, Nov. 15 and observing the mass of humanity pushing and shoving to cram into trains to the exhibition centre, it appeared that a significant proportion of the international electronics industry had gathered to attend electronica 2022, co-located with SEMICON Europa and recognised as the world’s leading trade fair and conference for electronics.
Nolan Johnson, I-Connect007
The industry news cycle seems to be picking up speed lately. Of course, 30 days into the quarter is about when public companies announce their results, and in the midst of this worldwide financial situation, we’ve got all eyes on anything coming out from our counterparts in the industry. I’ve noticed that global corporate results (Nan Ya PCB and TTM, in particular) do seem to be on everyone’s radar. In addition to financial news, trade shows are popping back up around the world—Europe, India, and a special report from editor Andy Shaughnessy, who took his own road trip to Raleigh, reporting on PCB Carolina, which had its own heyday this year.