Automotive, AI and IoT SMART Innovations: SEMICON Europa 2018

MUNICH, Germany – With Europe strategically positioned in the global electronics value chain to drive innovation, SEMICON Europa 2018 opens tomorrow and brings together top industry visionaries and leaders. Semiconductors are the heart of the SMART technology revolution, enabling innovation in autonomous vehicles, robotics, drones and a myriad of other applications in an increasingly data-centric world.

SEMICON Europa – 13-16 November, 2018, at in Munich, Germany – highlights industry trends and opportunities as artificial intelligence (AI), and Internet of Things (IoT) take center stage in today’s digital revolution. TechArena, dedicated to AI and the future computing, showcases critical aspects of AI and data including the manufacturing technologies, research, collaboration, education, skills and regulations that are central to innovation.

Semiconductors are the Heartbeat of the $2 Trillion Electronics Design and Manufacturing Ecosystem

“Europe’s leading research and development hubs, materials and equipment companies, and chipmakers are enabling future smart applications,” said Laith Altimime, president of SEMI Europe. “Semiconductors and the design ecosystem are the driving force behind innovations that are transforming our lives. We look forward to the latest AI and IoT developments spanning a wide range of applications at SEMICON Europa, Europe’s largest platform connecting the entire electronics manufacturing supply chain.”

Co-located with electronica and themed “Semiconductors Drive Smart,” SEMICON Europa 2018 kicks off with a keynote opening ceremony featuring executive industry leaders’ perspectives on market growth opportunities for Europe:

Kurt Sievers

President of NXP Semiconductors and chairman of electronica board

Thomas M. Müller

Executive vice president, Development Electrics/Electronics, Audi AG

Luc Van den hove

President and CEO, imec 

To help address the industry’s workforce challenges posed by rapid growth, SEMICON Europa Workforce Day on 14 November offers insights into attracting, training and retaining talent. Industry powerhouses participating: imec, GLOBALFOUNDRIES, Applied Materials, Melexis, Orbotech, X-Fab, Edwards, TSMC, L-Foundry, EBARA, Oxford Instruments, DAS Environmental Expert and VAT. The program also includes a Women in Semiconductor panel with the following leaders discussing the critical importance of workforce diversity and culminates with a Career Café session that connects young talent with leading businesses.

Françoise Chombar

CEO, Melexis

Maria Marced

President, TSMC Europe

Claire Harrington

VP Global HR, SPTS

Sabine Nitzsche


SEMICON Europa also showcases these conferences:

  • Advanced Packaging Conference: Technology trends – what´s new, what´s missing, what´s next
  • 22ndFab Management Forum: Attracting European wafer fab customers and talent
  • Strategic Materials Conference: Diversity in materials for high technology
  • 2018FLEX Europe – Be Flexible: Innovations enabled by flexible electronics
  • SMART Automotive Forum – SEMI GAAC (Global Automotive Advisory Council)

SEMI will hold a joint press conference with electronica, Messe München and NXP Semiconductors on the showfloor at 11:00 at the Discovery Stage in Hall C6 (Hall C6), 13 November.

For more details on SEMICON Europa 2018, please visit To register, click here. Connect with us on Twitter at @SEMIEurope and use #SEMICONEuropa.

About SEMI

SEMI® connects over 2,000 member companies and 1.3 million professionals worldwide to advance the technology and business of electronics manufacturing. SEMI members are responsible for the innovations in materials, design, equipment, software, devices, and services that enable smarter, faster, more powerful, and more affordable electronic products. FlexTech, the Fab Owners Alliance (FOA) and the MEMS & Sensors Industry Group (MSIG) are SEMI Strategic Association Partners, defined communities within SEMI focused on specific technologies. Since 1970, SEMI has built connections that have helped its members prosper, create new markets, and address common industry challenges together. SEMI maintains offices in Bangalore, Berlin, Brussels, Grenoble, Hsinchu, Seoul, Shanghai, Silicon Valley (Milpitas, Calif.), Singapore, Tokyo, and Washington, D.C.  For more information, visit and follow SEMI on LinkedIn and Twitter.