ICT in Eastern Germany
With turnover of EUR 150 billion, Germany’s ICT sector employs around 900 thousand people in 75,000 companies, with an additional 650 thousand ICT professionals engaged in application-related sectors. Berlin is currently among the world’s most attractive centers for new IT start-ups. There are currently 500 start-up companies based in the capital. The presence of a sophisticated research landscape, paired with highly qualified workers and a vibrant cultural scene, is an important provider of impetus to the ICT sector.
2014 has been characterized by trends in the fields of cloud computing, mobile apps, big data/business intelligence and security.
Microelectronics in Eastern Germany - Saxony
Germany is home to an impressive number of regional and national industry networks and clusters. The Free State of Saxony is Europe’s biggest micro- and nanoelectronics location.The city of Dresden boasts Europe’s largest microelectronics cluster; around which a dynamic printed and organic electronics ecosystem has sprung up. As well as a strong semiconductor industry, the region also boasts expertise in the fields of microelectronics and microsystems, mobile communications, software, photovoltaics and future-oriented organic semiconductor technology (OLEDs).
Saxony has established itself as a major international semiconductor manufacturing center. The state boasts two of Europe’s largest and most modern fabrication plants, and provides a base for a number of internationally leading concerns who are benefiting from the region’s high-tech landscape and network of strong partners.
Today, around 2,200 companies with 58,000 employees are active along the entire microelectronics and ICT value chain. Dresden, the capital city of the Free State of Saxony, is also home to the world’s first high-volume production line for power semiconductors on 300 mm wafers. These are important building blocks for reaching Germany’s ambitious energy transition and efficiency goals as well as being enablers for tomorrow’s mobility.
Saxony is also providing the answers of tomorrow with complementary cluster activities including the “Cool Silicon” and “Organic Electronics Saxony” initiatives which work on improving the energy efficiency of electronics and making large-area, organic electronics a reality.
With 11 Fraunhofer institutes, five Leibniz institutes and three Max-Planck institutes, the region also counts as one the most important research locations in Eastern Germany.
Established as a network for the semiconductor industry by a group of 20 partners in 2000, Silicon Saxony represents Europe’s largest microelectronics network.
Providing a communication and partnership platform for its members, Silicon Saxony was set up to strengthen the sustainability of the business location as an information and communication (ICT) location domestically and internationally. The association also promotes the development of new technologies and procedures through its working groups which provide a platform for dialogue between members and specialists. Knowledge transfer and intra-company synergies are created as a result of close cooperation within the network, further consolidating the region’s reputation as a center of ICT excellence.
Today, Silicon Saxony counts as the biggest high-tech network for the microelectronics, smart systems, photovoltaic, software, and applications sectors in Europe. Silicon Saxony works closely with network partners at the national and international levels. As the project coordinator of the “Silicon Europe” initiative, the cluster also plays a major role in strengthening the European semiconductor industry in the global economy and value chain. The pan-European “cluster” promotes international collaboration in innovative micro- and nanoelectronics for a broad spectrum of cross-sectoral applications.
Silicon Saxony was awarded the GOLD label of the European Cluster Excellence Initiative (ECEI) for excellent cluster management in 2012, putting it among the first three clusters in Europe to receive the award. In 2015, Silicon Saxony was successfully awarded ECEI recertification.
Silicon Saxony is a member of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy “go-cluster” cluster excellence program of more than 100 innovation clusters across Germany. The program provides financial stimulus – in the form of support for innovative services and funding for novel solutions – to optimize cluster management allowing member clusters to position themselves as highly effective and visible international clusters.