Digital Agenda for Europe
A Europe 2020 Initiative

5 Pilot Lines to boost Europe's competitiveness in Electronics

Five research projects have been set up to reinforce European manufacturing competitiveness.

This is the first step for putting into effect the European Electronics strategy. The pilot lines link-up European manufacturers with technology companies, chip designers, researchers, and universities at the very earliest stages of product development so they can develop the kind of innovative microchips which give will European industry and products a competitive edge by:

  • bringing research closer to industrial needs, 
  • by focusing on advanced engineering and manufacturing, and 
  • by involving the best brains along the innovation chain with a strong commitment and common goal from all sides.

The 5 projects involve 128 partners (28% of which are SMEs) and 20 countries. They will mobilise €730 million euro over the next three years, of which the EU and participating member states contribute about €108 million each, while Industry contributes over €500 million euro.

Find out more on the pilot lines here.

 The pilot lines developed are:

The French AGRATE pilot line

Place: Bernin

Duration of project: 1/1/2013 - 31/12/16

Partners: SOITEC (FR), STMicroelectronics (Tours) SAS (FR), On Semiconductor Belgium BVBA (BE), Green Power Technologies (ES), PLANSEE (AT), EV Group (AT), CEA-LETI (FR), IHPP PAS (PL), TOPGAN (PL), ULPGC-IUMA (ES).

(Website under construction)


The joint Dutch-Belgian E450EDL pilot line

Place: Leuven & Veldhoven

Project duration: 1/10/2013 - 31/9/2016

Partners: ASML Netherlands B.V. (NL), Adixen Vacuum Products (FR), AIS Automation Dresden GmbH (DE), Applied Materials Israel Ltd. (IL), artemis control AG (CH), ASM Belgium N.V. (BE), ASYS Automatic Systems GmbH & Co. KG (DE), CEA-Leti (FR), DEMCON (NL), Entegris Cleaning Process (ECP) S.A.S. (FR), EV Group GmbH (AT), FEI Czech Republic, s.r.o. (CZ), FEI Electron Optics B.V. (NL), Fries Research & Technology GmbH (DE), IBS ion beam services (FR), IDE integrated Dynamics Engineering GmbH (DE), imec Interuniversitair Micro-Electronica Centrum vzw (BE), Intel Performance Learning Solutions Ltd (IE), Institute of Scientific Instruments of the ASCR, v.v.i. (CZ), Jordan Valley Semiconductors LTD (IL), KLA Tencor Corporation Israel Ltd. (IL), LAM Research AG (AT), Levitech B.V. (NL), M+W Products GmbH (DE), Metryx Ltd (UK), MFA Research Centre for Natural Sciences - Institute for Technical Physics and Materials Science (HU), Mogema B.V. (NL), Nanoplas (FR), Nova Measuring Instruments Ltd (IL), Prodrive B.V. (NL), Recif Technologies S.A.S. (FR), Reden (NL), Riber (FR), Semilab Semiconductor Physics Laboratory Co. Ltd. (HU), Semilev GmbH (DE), Soitec S.A. (FR), SUSS Microtec AG (DE), TNO - Nederlandse Organisatie voor Toegepast Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek (NL), Delft University of Technology (NL), VDL Enabling Technologies Group Eindhoven B.V. (NL), Xycarb Ceramics B.V. (NL), Zeiss SMT GmbH (DE).

(Website under construction)


The Austrian EPPL pilot line

Place: Villach

Project duration: 1/4/2013 - 31/3/2016 

Partners: Infineon Technologies Austria AG (AT), CTR Carinthian Tech Research AG (AT), Technische Universität Graz (AT), Montanuniversität Leoben (AT), CEST Kompetenzzentrum fur elektro-chemische Oberflachentechnologie GmbH (AT), Fronius International GmbH (AT), ams AG (AT), Plansee SE (AT), KAI (AT), EV Group E. Thallner GmbH. (AT), Infineon Technologies AG (DE), Infineon Technologies Dresden GmbH (DE), Fraunhofer E.V, IISB (DE), Nmb-Minebea GmbH (DE), Philips Healthcare (PHCD) (DE), Technische Universität Dresden (DE), Fachhochschule Stralsund (DE), Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung (DE), Lear (DE), Philips Healthcare (PHC) (NL), Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (NL), Heliox BV (NL), E-MOSS (NL), Infineon Technologies Italy (IT), Commissariat a l Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives (FR), Presto Engineering (FR), Adixen Vacuum Products (FR), Air Liquide electronics Systems (FR), Entegris Cleaning Process (FR), SPTS Technologies SAS (FR), International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (PT), NANIUM S.A (PT).

(Website under construction)


The Italian Lab4MEMS

Place: Agrate

Project duration: 1/1/2013 - 30/6/2016

Partners: STMicroelectronics srl (IT), ST-POLITO s.c.a.r.l. (IT), Politecnico di Torino (IT), Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IT), Politecnico di Milano (IT), Consorzio Nazionale Interuniversitario per la Nanoelettronica (IT), Commissariat Energie Atomique Et Aux Energies Alternatives (FR), SERMA Technologies SA (FR), STMicroelectronics Ltd. (MT), University of Malta (MT), SolMateS BV (NL), Cavendish KINETICS BV (NL), Okmetic OY (FI), VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland (FI), PICOSUN OY (FI), KLA-Tencor (BE), University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest (RO), Instytut Technologii Elektronowej, Warsaw (PL), Stiftelsen SINTEF (NO), Sonitor Technologies AS (NO), Datacon Technology GmbH (AT).



The joint Franco-German Places2Be

Place: Crolles and Dresden

Project duration: 3/12/2012 - 2/1/2016

Partners: STMicroelectonics SAS Crolles 2 (FR), STMicroelectronics SA (FR), STMicroelectonics SAS Grenoble (FR), ST-Ericsson (Grenoble) SAS (FR), CEA/LETI (FR), SOITEC SA (FR), Adixen (FR), Mentor Graphics (FR), Ion Beam Services (FR), Institut Polytechnique de Grenoble (FR), Dolphin (FR), Université Catholique de Louvain (BE), IMEC (BE), ST-Ericsson Oy (FI), GlobalFoundries (DE), Forschungzentrum Jülich (DE), University of Twente (NL), Axiom (NL), Bruco Integrated Circuits (NL), eSilicon (RO), ACREO (SE), ST-Ericsson (Lund) (SE), Ericsson AB (SE).


Find out more on the pilot lines.