Silicon Europe Worldwide is driving internationalization in the USA

  • More than 40 pre-scheduled B2B meetings took place during the Business Connection Forum in Albany.

From October 3 to 5, the second Business Connection Forum this year took place in Albany, the capital of the American Federal State of New York. The modern university city, around 240 kilometers north of New York City, formed the appropriate framework for the latest internationalization campaign of the European cluster group Silicon Europe. In addition to numerous B2B meetings and lectures, the signing of a MoU was the focus of the three-day conference.

Once again, Silicon Europe promoted the best microelectronic know-how "Made in Europe" from 3 to 5 October in Albany, the hot spot of the American semiconductor industry. Twelve European semiconductor clusters, including DSP Valley, Fondazione Distretto Green & High Tech Monza Brianza, GAIA, Minalogic, Silicon Alps and Silicon Saxony presented themselves as a powerful alliance with one voice. An impressive performance, which also amazed Albany. Especially the European cluster structures were once again praised. The event, which was organized as part of the Silicon Europe Worldwide project and together with the nanotechnology hub "NY loves Nanotech" and the Center of Economic Growth (CEG), was a success. In four technology sessions, numerous lectures on the focus areas of the industry, keynotes, B2B meetings and informal gatherings were put together in the past few days. Also an MoU between "NY loves Nanotech" and the Silicon Europe alliance could be signed. Important steps for the European microelectronics industry on the way to the phalanx of world market leaders and into the North American microelectronics market.

After its name change, the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE), now SUNY Polytechnic Institute, was host to the event. As one of the largest public universities in the Americas, the institute stands for research and development in the field of microelectronics. More than 300 industrial partners, such as IBM, General Electric and GLOBALFOUNDRIES, support its work. Companies such as M + W, Tokyo Electron or Applied Materials are also on the campus in Albany. 2700 jobs were created and 15 billion dollars have been invested in the university and its state-of-the-art facilities, including clean rooms, over the past 20 years. As a part of the Advanced Manufacturing Center, a unique expertise grew in the areas of microprocessors, ASICs, mixed signal and MEMS.