The study is expected to investigate the potential of ICT components and systems manufacturing in Europe and thus to contribute to the Community's decision process regarding the future orientation and structuring of European ICT components and systems research in the last stages of FP7 and in FP8 by providing guidance for future R&D investments in high-tech manufacturing technologies, the identification of associated skills and existing manufacturing infrastructures vis-à-vis new and emerging market prospects as well as an assessment of potential socio-economic impacts and environmental risks.