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With the IVAM Survey – our annual economic data survey among European microtechnology, nanotechnology and advanced materials companies and research institutes – we monitor the economic situation of the high-tech industries, identify trends and perspectives.

You will find some selected results and graphs on this page.
30.03.2016 In the past years, the business situation of the European microtechnology industry has continuously improved. The proportion of companies that were able to improve their business as compared to the year before has kept rising since 2012.  Increases are very obvious especially in the areas orders, production, sales and export.   For 2016, the European ...
29.03.2016 In spite of the continued low level of investment in Europe, the microtechnology industry is rather keen to invest and innovate. According to the IVAM Survey, more than a third of all European microtechnology companies intend to increase investments and intensify R&D efforts in 2016.   35.5% of companies want to invest more in 2016 ...
28.03.2016 In Germany the new energy policy and the demand for new drive concepts for electric mobility have given a boost to innovation and created new business opportunities in the supplying industry. While in the rest of Europe the medical technology and healthcare industry continues to be the major target market for the highest percentage of ...
27.03.2016 The European microtechnology industry demonstrates a high R&D intensity. In 2015, 28 percent of companies have invested more than 20 percent of their turnover in research and development.   Source: IVAM Survey 2016
18.03.2016   Britain's research-intensive high-tech industry fears the "Brexit". 70% of high-tech companies and research institutes in the UK believe an exit of their country from the EU would have a negative impact on their business or research performance. Only one-fifth (20%) expects positive effects.   The companies and research institutions in Britain are worried primarily ...
17.03.2016 Almost three-quarters (74%) of European high-tech companies are convinced that a “Brexit” would have a negative impact on the growth of the high-tech industry in the UK. Only 33% predict a negative impact on the industry’s growth in the remaining EU.   While industry representatives in Europe are convinced that a “Brexit” would put above ...
16.03.2016 The majority (65%) of the European micro- and nanotechnology companies expect that in case of an exit of the United Kingdom from the EU British companies would have to accept restrictions in international collaboration. For collaboration in the rest of the EU only 35% expect negative consequences.   In the UK, a majority of high-tech ...
15.03.2016 Representatives of the micro- and nanotechnology industry in Europe reckon that as a non-EU member Britain would have a hard time renegotiating trade relations with the EU. More than half of them think the chances of the country to negotiate advantageous trade agreements with the EU are low. “Brexit” would presumably not have such a ...
14.03.2016 The partly associated status of Switzerland in the EU funding programme Horizon 2020, in which the EU has put Switzerland after the referendum on the mass immigration initiative in February 2014, impedes innovation and collaboration in the microtechnology industry.   A huge majority (83%) of companies and research institutions in Switzerland agree that the status ...
05.03.2015 The European microtechnology industry has recently been more eager to invest again. Almost a third of the companies have invested more in 2014 than in the year before. This is a higher percentage than in the past years and also above the European average.   The microtechnology companies are inclined to spend even more money ...
04.03.2015 The European microtechnology companies are still trading mainly within Western Europe. Outside the European home market, the US market continues to be the strongest, but markets in China and Eastern Europe have become considerably more important for the industry since 2013. Business with Russia has not abated despite the economic sanctions; a higher proportion of ...
03.03.2015 The medical and healthcare sector is of growing importance for the microtechnology industry. More than half of European companies are supplying this market. For nearly a quarter (24.4%), it is the most important target market – two years ago it was just about 16%.   The automotive industry has recently experienced a growth spurt around ...
02.03.2015 The proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the European Union and the US is causing mixed feelings in the European micro- and nanotechnology industry.   The companies appreciate the potential benefits of the free trade agreement, but they still disapprove of it in its considered design. TTIP might gain a better reputation with ...
01.03.2015 TTIP: Microtechnology companies criticize IP and investment protection   The possible benefits of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) most often mentioned by the European microtechnology companies are an elimination of tariffs and a reduction of administrative barriers. SME that have already entered the US market are more often looking forward to more transparent ...
06.03.2014 In early 2013, the disposition of the micro- and nanotechnology companies in Germany had reached a low point. Although not much has happened to improve their economic situation during 2013, the mood has now significantly brightened. More than two thirds of companies expect their economic situation to improve during 2014; only 5 percent think they ...
05.03.2014 Orders, production and sales figures are expected to rise noticeably in 2014 in the German micro- and nanotechnology industry. Areas excluded from an optimistic outlook are staff and financing: just a quarter of companies intend to hire more staff. Only one tenth of companies expect increases in the field of financing. Nevertheless, 30 percent of ...
04.03.2014 For the German companies dealing with microtechnology, nanotechnology, advanced materials and optical technologies, business in 2013 has developed just as the industry had predicted earlier that year.   Staff numbers remained stable in 2014, financing decreased   For the German micro- and nanotechnology companies business in 2013 has been on a constant level in most ...
03.03.2014 Another aspect that has been consistent in 2013 is the market orientation of German micro- and nanotechnology companies: the medical technology and health industry remains the major target market for the highest proportion (20 percent) of companies. Mechanical engineering and R&D are following as second most important markets.   Source: IVAM Survey 2014
02.03.2014 Will Horizon 2020 give a boost to innovation in the German micro- and nanotechnology industry? The surveyed companies are still a little sceptical in this regard. Only 23 percent of companies think that their opportunities to obtain EU funding have improved with Horizon 2020. Many small high-tech enterprises presume that the application still takes too ...