EXCITE: B2B Networking Mission to SEMICON Europa

Submitted by Nadja Dehne on 24 November 2023


Six cluster exchanges facilitated at SEMICON Europa and productronica in Munich through EXCITE and the European ClusterXChange scheme. The delegates came from Czech Republic, the Netherlands and Spain.

Meeting Europe’s semiconductor industry in Munich

The global semiconductor market is expected to grow to one trillion dollars by 2030. Despite numerous current crises, the industry is booming like never before. "We are living in the golden age of microelectronics," reported Laith Altimime, President of SEMI Europe, opening SEMICON Europa in Munich, Germany. This year's edition is breaking all previous records with three sold out halls at Messe München, 900 stands and 440 exhibitors.

European cooperation

On the occasion of Europe's largest semiconductor trade fair, Europe’s semiconductor industry gathered in person – amongst them Silicon Saxony with the biggest joint booth at the fair (39 companies). Saxony has a unique concentration of companies and research institutions in the sectors of microelectronics and nanoelectronics, nanotechnology, organic & flexible electronics, energy-efficient systems, next generation communication, and smart systems. Every year, on the occasion of SEMICON Europa, part of that industry comes to Munich. Neighbouring Silicon Saxony on the cluster alley is Holland High Tech. With over 30 companies, they were prepared to show Holland’s most innovative companies in the semiconductor industry.

Three-day programme on semiconductor equipment, components, research & services

This year, EXCITE supported European companies & clusters to meet with Silicon Saxony’s 39 co-exhibitors. Next to these meetings, fair visitors had the chance to get to know Dutch exhibitors in company pitches at the Holland High Tech booth, and others e.g. NMI from the UK as well as players from Flanders, Belgium amongst other regions. On top of that, two networking events took place: the famous Silicon Saxony booth party and the Silicon Europe networking event where it was all about mingling and making new contacts for the participating visiting organisation and the companies within the cluster alley at SEMICON Europa 2023.



EXCITE aims to strengthen cluster management and facilitate exchange and strategic partnership between cluster staff and cluster members by using the ClusterXchange system. ClusterXchange is a new pilot project to promote short-term exchanges to better connect industrial ecosystems in Europe. The project will focus on skills, processes and services related to digital transformation - both in terms of the cluster organisation itself and its members, to be able to support them in successfully accessing global markets.

Your advantage as company, cluster or scale-up organisation: As a participant in the organised business delegations, you will not only get to know innovative regions, take part in renowned events and individual B2B meetings free of charge, but also receive financial support to offset your travel costs.

Project Duration: 01.02.2022 – 31.01.2024

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