To Strengthen European Competitiveness by Promoting Research Development & Innovation across the Electronic Components and Systems Value Chain.
Solutions for global societal challenges are increasingly depending on contributions from micro- and nano-electronics-enabled components and systems. Europe is home to world-leading industries and scientific institutes in this field. Their innovations and their precompetitive co-operation lead to innovative products and services that are in high demand on the world market.
Knowledge intensity in the Electronic Components and Systems (ECS) domain is very high. Many companies sustain R&D&I investment levels far above the industry average, and many operate internationally, also the small- and medium-sized enterprises. Because of the high demand for advanced knowledge, firm linkages with research and technology organisations are essential.
ECS constitute a value chain from base technology supply to end-user applications. In Europe, large enterprises, small- and medium-sized enterprises, and research and technology organisations co-operate along this value chain, and engage with regional, national and European public authorities in addressing societal challenges.
Collectively, the European ECS value chain is approaching a worldwide revenue of 1 trillion euros. In the value chain, the economic footprint increases steeply when moving closer to end-user applications, while the relative R&D&I investment is typically highest at the technology supply side.
Many companies across the world are competing vigorously in many of the existing and emerging markets. To keep Europe ahead in global markets, a solid understanding of the rapidly changing needs is essential. Such needs create opportunities that increasingly require intense cooperation along the value chain.
Co-operative R&D&I projects in public-private partnership offer the pre-competitive environment to create confidence, maintain an ecosystem and build the alliances necessary to take advantage of these opportunities. The new Strategic Research Agenda for Electronic Components and Systems (ECS-SRA) jointly issued by the 3 industrial associations AENEAS, ARTEMIS-IA and EPoSS provides continuous guidance to such R&D&I projects and partnerships throughout the Electronic Components and systems ecosystem.
AENEAS addresses high priority R&D&I areas providing key technological contributions in solving the European societal challenges. In doing so, AENEAS helps Europe in building regional autonomy along the value chain. At the same time, the alliances in the ecosystem are instrumental to capture access to worldwide growth markets.