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11.04.2014Economic sanctions against Russia in response to the Crimean conflict are rather unpopular among representatives of the micro- and nanotechnology industry in Germany. In a short survey, the IVAM Microtechnology Network asked selected industry experts – the IVAM Executive Panel – for their opinion.   Two thirds of respondents say that economic sanctions are not an adequate response to the Crimean crisis. Sanctions would mainly hit the industry that has not been cause of the con...
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 will do worse than in the past year. The mood has not been that positive since the financial and economic crisis in 2009, which has slowed down the g...
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 companies are planning to make investments, which is a higher proportion than in previous years.   Source: IVAM Survey 2014...
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 respects. The companies have been reluctant to raise staff numbers. Only 23 percent have hired additional emplo...
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 much time and effort while the chances to be successful are still too low. Since the program has just started, there are no experiences that ...
01.03.2014 The NSA surveillance scandal has caused a great insecurity among the micro- and nanotechnology companies regarding the safety of their company know-how. 54 percent do not even make a guess at whether their company's know-how is safe from spying. A quarter of companies believe that they are sufficiently safe from spying. 21 percent are convinced that they do not have adequate protection.   Source: IVAM Survey 2014...
15.11.2013 MEMS industry experts in Germany doubt that the possible introduction of a nationwide minimum wage in Germany would have a major impact on the general economic performance. Due to a survey conducted by the IVAM Microtechnology Network, 60 percent of the IVAM Executive Panel members assume that Germany’s economic performance would remain stable. Only 20 percent of the selected executives and scientists would expect a rise of the minimum wage level to decrease the economic performance, w...
24.06.2013 Leading representatives of the European microtechnology industry do not expect that the current conflict will put a strain on the trade relations between Europe and China. In a flash poll, 57 percent of participating experts from industry and science saw no cause for concern. Only 13 percent supposed that the conflict about punitive duties will have a lasting impact on the trade relations. The IVAM Executive Panel is a group of selected experts and opinion leaders from industry and scie...
27.03.2013 At present, the mood of the microtechnology, nanotechnology and advanced materials industry is quite subdued, as the economic data survey of the IVAM Microtechnology Network confirms. In 2012, the business situation of the companies has gone slightly downhill compared to the year before, but also compared to the expectations in the beginning of the year.   Source: IVAM Survey 2013...
26.03.2013 While orders and staff numbers have slightly risen and production has remained stable for a large proportion of the microtechnology, nanotechnology and advanced materials companies in Europe in 2012, sales figures have dropped. The lack of funding for the strategic business development, expansion or investment in innovation is still an essential problem. Only 7 % of companies had more funds available for corporate financing in 2012 than in the year before, only 16 % have been a...
25.03.2013 After the unstable economic situation has left its mark on the microtechnology, nanotechnology and advanced materials companies in Europe, the industry expects a slight upwards trend in 2013. A little more than half (56 %) of companies expect to perform better in 2013 than in 2012.   Source: IVAM Survey 2013...
24.03.2013 Employment numbers are going to remain stable largely stable in the European microtechnology industry in 2013: only one in four companies plan to hire more staff. In contrast, there are 11 % that expect to reduce staff in the course of the year.   Orders and sales are supposed to improve in 57 % and 56 % of companies respectively, 47 % expect to increase production and export shares. Only 15 % of companies expect an increase in the area of financing; only ...
23.03.2013 For the European microtechnology industry, foreign trade has developed modestly in the last business year, thus continuing the trend of previous years. Throughout Europe, the export rates of the microtechnology, nanotechnology and advanced materials industry have remained rather stable in 2012. For the German companies, export quotas have slightly declined again another year in a row.   Source: IVAM Survey 2013...
22.03.2013 A growing number of microtechnology, nanotechnology and advanced materials companies in Europe will attempt to enter the markets in China and other BRIC countries as well as in countries that have recently been reclassified from emerging markets to industrial nations on short or medium term. Brazil, Russia, India and China as well as Israel, Taiwan and South Korea are countries which the companies want to enter in the short and medium term, e.g. by cooperative ventures or setting up branches. ...
21.03.2013 The medical technology and health care sector is the key target market for the largest share of the microtechnology, nanotechnology and advanced materials companies in Europe. In Germany, the medical market is sharing the major position with mechanical engineering (most important market for 16 % of companies). In Europe, mechanical engineering is sharing the second place with the semiconductor industry, which is the main customer group for 12 % of companies.   Source: IVAM Sur...
07.05.2012 A re-structured funding landscape and the succeeding financial crises may hamper the innovative strength of the microtechnology industry in Germany. In a survey among industry experts and scientists, 43 percent say that financing innovation has become more difficult in the past four years.   After pertinent funding programmes have been abandoned, it has become more difficult for small and medium-sized enterprises to identify appropriate programmes. Above that, the experts feel that bo...
06.05.2012 42 percent of microsystems industry experts think that a current shortage of financial means endangers the innovative strength of the industry in Germany. Another 29 percent think this may partly be the case.   According to the experts, it is above all the current financial market situation that causes an innovation shortfall. In the aftermath of the financial crises, some financing instruments have simply vanished. Because of stricter financial market regulation, it has also become h...
04.03.2012 In the wake of the Euro crisis, the business climate in the Euro zone has deteriorated since March 2011 according to the "Business Climate Indicator" (BCI) of the European Union. Since the end of the year it has been improving again. So probably the micro- and nanotechnology industry looks forward to 2012 with slightly lowered expectations for no apparent reason, thinking that business will grow a little less than in 2011. A little less than half (45%) of responding companies ex...
03.03.2012 The Euro debt crisis has left the microtechnology, nanotechnology and advanced materials industries largely unfazed so far. Although business has not grown as much as the companies had expected in the beginning of 2011, still more than half of them have been able to increase orders, production and sales during the past year. However, financing is still a problem for many companies: only 16% of companies have received more funds in 2011 than in the previous year. Consequently, less than a ...
02.03.2012 Staff numbers in the European microtechnology, nanotechnology and advanced materials industries have developed more positively in 2011 than in the years before, especially compared to 2009. 56% of companies have been able to raise staff numbers during 2011. In Germany, staff numbers have developed even better than in other countries: 62% of German micro- and nanotechnology companies have created new jobs in 2011. A little less than half (48%) of companies are planning to employ more peopl...
01.03.2012 Currently, the microtechnology, nanotechnology and advanced materials companies in Europe are largely concentrating their foreign transactions on the Euro zone: Western Europe is the main export region for European companies – far ahead of the USA and China. Within Asia, China is the most important export region for the European companies, followed by Japan. Source: IVAM Survey 2012 Move to next figure Back to previous figure...
29.02.2012 Medical technology continues to be the most important target market for the European microtechnology, nanotechnology and advanced materials suppliers. The aerospace industry has gone down in the ranking of target markets, but is still among the top ten: only 35% of companies are supplying the aerospace industry, going down from 48% in the previous year. In exchange, more companies are developing technologies and applications in the area energy efficiency and alternative energies than ever be...
04.10.2011 Executives in the microtechnology industry expect that the debt crisis in Europe and the U.S. will slow economic development. Just over half the industry experts (53%) assume that the economy will stagnate over the next six months. Being a suppliers industry, the microsystems industry very much depends on the business of their customers. While many microtechnology business owners have confidence in the saleability of their own products and technologies, they are sometimes unsure about t...
04.10.2011 Nearly a half of the microtechnology experts (47%) state that the debt crisis has already had a noticeable impact on their own business. For example, the business is growing more slowly, or the purchasing of products has become more expensive.   For some providers of micro technologies and development services an economic downturn might even turn out to be good for business – because those customers who have been busy recently might re-focus on strategic projects in which they...
29.06.2011 In the next years, electricity costs in Germany may rise as a result of the government’s decision to phase out of nuclear power quickly. Still, representatives of the German microtechnology industry do not only see risks but also new opportunities in the alternative energy policy. It will not only increase the need to exploit new energy sources, but also raise the demand for efficient products and sustainable production methods, which microsystems technology provides. According to indu...
28.06.2011 In Germany , 18 percent of microtechnology companies would be able to counterbalance rising power costs by producing more efficiently. 55 percent say they might be able to save power in production but would have to cut back in other areas in order to completely compensate for increasing power costs. Nevertheless, the companies are willing to convert to more power-saving production methods where it is possible and affordable. But their intention to save energy is not primarily triggered by th...
27.06.2011 In the next years, electricity costs in Germany may rise as a result of the government’s decision to phase out of nuclear power quickly. Still, representatives of the German microtechnology industry do not only see risks but also new opportunities in the alternative energy policy. It will not only increase the need to exploit new energy sources, but also raise the demand for efficient products and sustainable production methods, which microsystems technology provides. According to indu...
28.03.2011 The much-discussed shortage of skilled workers is not an acute problem for many small and medium-sized microtechnology enterprises. Companies whose innovation efforts are thwarted because they do not find adequately qualified staff are the exception rather than the rule. According to industry experts, small and medium-sized high-tech companies do have advantages on the highly competitive labour market: they are more attractive employers than the competing major companies because they offer...
27.03.2011 Most small and medium-sized microtechnology enterprises would only fill engineering positions with temporary workers if there was not enough time to recruit permanent employees – because of the efforts and risk involved. Development processes in innovative SMEs are long and require specialized knowledge. To convey the necessary knowledge to temporarily employed workers takes too much time. The administration and coordination effort is too high for small businesses, too. Some have mad...
21.02.2011 The European companies in the microtechnology, nanotechnology and new materials industries have resolved to employ more people in 2011. According to the survey conducted by the IVAM Microtechnology Network in January 2011, 60% of companies intend to create new jobs during the year 2011. This will continue the positive post-crisis trend, which has been perceptible in 2010 already and which is also observed in other industries. Source: IVAM Survey January 2011 ...
20.02.2011 It seem that the shortage of skilled workers, which is a pressing issue in many industries and for political bodies as well, has not made itself fully felt in the predominantly medium-sized micro- and nanotechnology companies, yet. Over a third (39%) of the companies in Europe say that the skills shortage does not affect them now, nor do they expect to be affected by the shortage during the next five years. Source: IVAM Survey January 2011 ...
19.02.2011 In the European high-tech industry there is above all a shortage of specialists with academic and technical skills for product development and R&D. 86% of companies in the microtechnology, nanotechnology and advanced materials industry who feel the skills shortage are looking for people with such skills. But the shortage also affects areas like project management, production and sales. Source: IVAM Survey January 2011 ...
18.02.2011 For the time being, it is up to the companies to find appropriate solutions to the skills shortage. A little more than 60% of the affected companies in the micro- and nanotechnology industry have already taken measures to counteract the skills shortage. Many companies are taking it into their own hands to educate their future employees, for example by offering more post for graduates, interns or trainees. Many companies are offering individual and specific on-the-job training. Or they are ...
17.02.2011 The European companies of microtechnology, nanotechnology and advanced materials have been able to significantly increase their turnover in the past year. Almost half of the companies (47%) increased their turnover by more than 10% as compared to the previous year. The positive trend in sales is to continue in 2011, according to industry forecasts, though not quite as strongly as it did in 2010. Source: IVAM Survey January 2011 ...
16.02.2011 The micro- and nanotechnology industry’s export quota has remained more or less steady in 2010 compared to the previous year. A quarter of the companies have made more than 75% of turnover from exports. Half of the export transactions take place within Europe. Germany is the most important export market for the neighbouring European countries, followed by the U.S. and China. German high-tech companies export mainly to the United States, China and Switzerland. Source: IVAM Survey J...
15.02.2011 Growing export markets, which the companies want to address in the near future, are mostly located in Asia. Russia appears to be an attractive future market especially for the German companies at the moment, but not so much for companies in other countries. Source: IVAM Survey January 2011...
14.02.2011 Good prospects for the new fiscal year: nearly two-thirds of the European micro- and nanotechnology companies expect that business will continue to improve during 2011. Especially orders, production and sales figures are supposed to rise explicitly. But the companies also want to surpass last year’s export and investment figures. Source: IVAM Survey January 2011...
13.02.2011 Although the financial crisis has been officially pronounced to be overcome a while ago, it remains difficult for the European high-tech companies to get sufficient financial means to invest in their own business and new developments and ultimately to boost the economic growth. For about 40% of companies financing has become more difficult in the past two years. Bank loans, in particular, are hard to come by, as many banks have apparently increased the barriers to lending and take longer to ...
20.07.2010 After the years of the economic crisis, 2008 and 2009, the microtechnology, nanotechnology and advanced materials industries in Germany now confirm a reversal of the economic trend. According to a survey IVAM conducted in July 2010, business operations in the first half of 2010 ran better than expected for just over half of the German companies (52 percent), just as expected for a third (33 percent) and worse than expected for only 15 percent. Source: IVAM Survey July 2010...
19.07.2010 According to the IVAM survey, incoming orders have developed particularly well in the first half of 2010: 62.9 percent of the German microtechnology, nanotechnology and advances materials companies have improved in this area. Production and sales has also improved for more than half of respondents. Corporate financing is still a weak point: more than half of the companies (58.8 percent) have been able to keep the financing level stable, but the situation got even worse for 14.4 percent. ...
18.07.2010 Some of the German microtechnology, nanotechnology and advanced materials companies are foreseeing “a very positive development” in the second half of 2010. For this period, 53 percent are expecting a stable business situation and 40 percent are anticipating further improvement. Specifically, the companies have reported an increase in foreign demand – particularly in Asia export opportunities are being expected to rise again. Source: IVAM Survey July 2010...
17.07.2010 After the crisis, the genuine “boom” for the microtechnology, nanotechnology and advanced materials industries is being supposed to happen in 2011: 59 percent of the German companies are anticipating an improvement of their business, only 7 percent fear that things might run worse for them than in 2010. Source: IVAM Survey July 2010...
27.01.2010 The impact of the ongoing economic crisis on the microtechnology, nanotechnology and advanced materials industries is expected to be less noticeable in 2010 than in the previous business year. The expectations for 2010 prove that the industry' has not lost its optimism. In the second half of 2009, “excellent business” has been reported by individual companies. Source: IVAM Research, Survey of the European Micro, Nano and Advanced Materials industry, December 2009...
26.01.2010 According to the European Microtechnology, Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials industry, sales in 2009 clearly went down, much more so than in the previous year, 2008. More than one quarter (27%) of the companies reported a turnover decreasing more than 10% - only one tenth of the companies (10%) had expected cutbacks on such a big scale for 2009. The percentage of companies that could report a turnover increasing more than 10%, however, has fallen from 30% in 2008 to only just 12% in 2009...
25.01.2010 During 2009, financing remained stable for 46% of the European Micro, Nano and Materials companies. But it is a striking fact that none of the responding companies has reported an improvement in its funding situation in 2009. The current restrictive approach to lending is gradually becoming a life-threatening problem for many high-tech companies. If the situation on financial markets, the willingness of banks to lend and the willingness of the companies to invest in research and developmen...
24.01.2010 Diversification has been the most common reaction of the European micro, nano and materials companies to the economic crisis, in addition to intensified customer acquisition efforts (figure 3). Almost half of the companies (49%) have expanded their business, 82% of them by developing new products, 55% by entering new markets with existing or new products. However, in 2009, the companies have more often taken restrictive measures than in the year before, for example, reduced labour costs (3...
23.01.2010 In Germany, some of the supporting measures with which the federal government tried to counteract the economic crisis appear to have had a positive impact on the microtechnology, nanotechnology and advanced materials industry. Companies in Germany have more often than their European competitors been able to keep their staff numbers steady. It seems that the possibility to work short time has helped to avoid too many redundancies. Source: IVAM Research, Survey of the European Micro, Nano...
22.01.2010 Among the target markets of the German micro, nano and materials companies, the automotive industry has replaced the medical technology industry as the most popular market for the first time in years. Slightly more than half of the German companies (51%) supplied the automotive industry in 2009, whereas in the rest of Europe it were only 44%. It is likely that the car scrapping scheme has caused a short term boost to the benefit of the car producers and their supplying industries. How the ...
21.01.2010 Since 2004, the German microtechnology, nanotechnology and advanced materials companies have suffered significant cutbacks on foreign markets. While the percentage of companies that achieved more than half of their turnover on foreign markets in 2004 was still above 50%, it was only at 33% in 2009. In the rest of Europe, 58% of the companies achieved more than half of their turnover through export sales. Source: IVAM Research, Survey of the European Micro, Nano and Advanced Materials in...
20.01.2010 German companies more often address markets in Asia than their European competitors. For the companies in other European countries Germany itself is by far the most important export country. To the companies in other European countries apart from Germany, markets in Asian are becoming more popular, too. Almost half (47%) of the non-German microtechnology, nanotechnology and advanced materials companies intend to enter markets in Asia soon, whereas currently the share is still at 19%. China...
09.04.2009 The European micro, nano and materials enterprises intend to react to the general economic crisis mostly with constructive measures. Almost 70 % of the enterprises intend to intensify their efforts to acquire new customers; more than 65 % want to develop new business fields. However, almost 35 % of the enterprises consider reducing labour costs. Almost half (47 %) of the small and medium-sized high-tech enterprises were affected by the economic crisis in 2008, most of the times by a decrea...
08.04.2009 The global economic crisis has had no drastic effects on the export share of the European micro, nano and materials industry. Altogether, almost 50 % of the small and medium-sized enterprises have gained at least half of their annual sales with export in 2008. The USA is still the major export country of the European industry. Half of the companies say that their total sales have increased in 2008, while 20 percent report a decrease in sales. Source: IVAM Research, Survey of the Europea...
07.04.2009 Prognoses for staff growth are noticeably less optimistic in the current business year than they were in the previous years. Altogether, only a little more than 30 % of the European micro, nano and materials enterprises are expecting their staff numbers to grow in 2009. More than half of the enterprises are expecting to keep staff numbers steady in 2009, while almost 17 % are expecting a decrease. The decreasing staff numbers in almost 15 % of the companies in 2008 came as a surprise for t...
06.04.2009 The current sales crisis of the automotive industry apparently does not prompt the high-tech suppliers to turn away from the industry. Apart from medical technology, which continues to be the major market for the European micro, nano and materials enterprises, the automotive industry is their second most important market. More than 50 % of the small and medium-sized enterprises are supplying the automotive industry. Nevertheless, 73 % of the automotive suppliers are expecting a decrease in...
05.04.2009 Microsystems for renewable energies, e.g. photovoltaic applications, are a promising market for the European micro, nano and materials enterprises. 55 % of the enterprises that are involved in energy technologies intend to focus on renewable energy applications in the near future. 45 % of the enterprises intend to work on functional surfaces that save energy and costs. 10 % of the companies that deal with energy and efficiency technologies plan to work on “micro energy harvesting&rdq...
01.09.2008 Life Sciences and clean technologies are promising markets that micro- and nanotechnology enterprises should more strongly focus on. A survey in the Dortmund region came up with significant differences in the evaluation of the future potential of applications and the companies’ activities in these markets. For instance, an average of 65.5 % of the respondents think that applications for energy-efficient and clean technologies are trendsetting, but only 30 % actually supply these mark...
09.04.2008 According to the member survey of the IVAM Microtechnology Network, 47 percent of the companies expect to be affected by the shortage of qualified staff in 2008 already. Only 30 percent thought so in 2007. People with a technical or scientific background are particularly scarce: they account for more than 80 percent of the shortage. Nevertheless, almost 78 percent of the companies are expecting their staff number to increase in the next years. Source: Member Survey of the IVAM Microtech...
08.04.2008 Apart from the Life Sciences, the automotive and semiconductor industry, which have been the leading target markets of the micro- and nanotechnology industry, applications in the fields of energy and solar systems are a growing trend. Almost 12 % of the European micro- and nanotechnology companies and research institutes are expecting these markets to be particularly interesting for them in the near future. Source: Member Survey of the IVAM Microtechnology Network, February 2008. ...
17.01.2008 IVAM’s members are optimistic about their development. 40% of the companies in Germany expect their numbers of employees to increase strongly in the next 3 to 5 years. The forecasts are distinctly better than in the years before, despite an expected skilled labor shortage: half of the enterprises expect to be affected by a shortage of qualified staff within the next three years. Source: Member Survey of the IVAM Microtechnology Network, February 2007....
16.01.2008 Among the countries or regions, where the members would like to take up business in the near future, India gained in popularity compared to last year’s survey (from 5.4% to 13.6%), whereas China dropped back considerably (from 12.5% to 3.4%). The Asian countries have out-run the USA as a potential business country. The USA is, however, the prominent export region of the German companies. Source: Member Survey of the IVAM Microtechnology Network, February 2007....
15.01.2008 One third of the German micro and nanotechnology enterprises consider bio-microsystems to be an important new technology and application field. Other important new application fields are micro-nano integration and microsystems for machine/plant construction and production processes (31.0 % each). Source: Member Survey of the IVAM Microtechnology Network, February 2007....
14.01.2008 Medical technology is the major market of the German micro and nanotechnology enterprises. In an online survey conducted among the members of the IVAM Microtechnology Network, 46.5 % of the German enterprises indicated medical technology as a sector in which they are prominently engaged. The life sciences biotechnology and the chemical and pharmaceutical industry are prominent markets for a quarter of the companies each. Source: Member Survey of the IVAM Microtechnology Network, Februar...
13.01.2008 Almost half of the German MEMS enterprises (48.8 %) are exporting into the USA. The European Union, however, continues to be the leading export region, served by 81.4 % of the German companies. In Asia, Japan is the most popular export country, whereas China has considerably gained importance compared to the year 2005. Source: Member Survey of the IVAM Microtechnology Network, February 2006....
12.01.2008 The sales forecasts of the German micro and nanotechnology enterprises are quite positive. Half of the companies expect to increase their sales more than 10 % in the next 3 to 5 years. Only 30 % of the companies have actually achieved such a growth rate in the year 2005. None of the companies expect a sales decrease. Source: Member Survey of the IVAM Microtechnology Network, February 2006....
11.01.2008 German microtechnology companies are living up to Germany’s reputation as export champion: Almost 60 % gain more than half of their annual sales through export. The most important export countries are, in descending order, the USA, Switzerland, Germany, France, Japan, and the Netherlands. Source: Member Survey of the IVAM Microtechnology Network, March 2005....
10.01.2008 The acquisition of capital is the largest innovation and growth barrier for the German microtechnology enterprises. Altogether, 70 % of the enterprises are (rather) strongly affected by capital procurement difficulties. Consequently, high development costs are the second largest obstacle for the companies’ success. The lack of standards and norms proves to be far less problematic: scarcely 30 % of the enterprises feel rather strongly that this is a barrier. Source: Member Survey o...