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H O R I Z O N 2 0 2 0 P R O J E C T S : P O R TA L
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In general, the software industry is very job
intensive, so there are multiple employment
benefits when money is invested in the industry.
A similar experience is enjoyed in the tools and
the embedded software sector, where there is
a very good proportion of money being invested,
leading to significant job creation and value.
The semiconductor business, on the other hand,
is very investment intensive: investing money in
machines, but having few benefits in terms of
jobs. The sector is very much oriented towards
method production, with very few jobs in that
industry; this is a key trait in process industries.
It is important for Horizon 2020 and ECSEL
to indicate which industry should be the future
of Europe. From my point of view, the
semiconductor industry belongs to Europe,
even though it is not money or job intensive.
We would love to take some of those process
efficiencies in manufacturing where there is a
high degree in automation. However, there are
limitations to other industries learning from the
semiconductor sector. As a consequence, they
are a good partner in some of our projects, but
not the majority.
How important are EU initiatives in
helping to ensure the future
international competitiveness of the
European automotive sector?
International competition is a fact. There is
competition in software, in processes and in
tools, as well as other areas, across the whole
value chain.
In Europe, we need to strengthen our
capabilities to compete with Asian countries, in
particular India, and, of course, there is also the
United States. It is necessary to strengthen the
robust assets that we have developed so far, as
well as our research and development
specialist topics, for example embedded
software and automotive software, so as to
become globally competitive.
Dr Jutta Schneider
Daimler AG
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have submitted some solid proposals to the European Commission in
Horizon 2020, but they are yet to be realised. We are fighting for these
projects and it is really positive when these projects come to life.
Within the first ECSEL call, less than 10% of the funding went to
automotive projects, whilst more than 50% of the funding went into
semiconductor projects; this is what we call ‘struggling’ in ECSEL. If you
take into account how many jobs and how much tax revenue are being
put into these programmes compared to other industrial platforms, then
we feel there is a real struggle.
What efforts need to be made to make Horizon 2020
more attractive to industrial players?
In the past, there were many different software-related projects covering
a variety of topics. The projects included many different partners and we
need to continue this success in the future – that is really important. If
we do not, we will see a decrease in projects at a time when we need
an increase. If we see a decrease, the projects will stop, and collaboration
will reduce.
OEMs really do not depend on Horizon 2020 for their survival, but we
think this EU research and innovation framework programme is a good
European scheme where there is business impact and where job-
oriented projects are funded. The European semiconductor industry has
a struggling future, not only in engineering but also in the manufacturing
process chain. This is very different to the aviation industry or railway
industry, which are both strong in Europe.
It is important to make a good argument and engage in political
debates as to where funding should be directed: subsidising those who
would otherwise have a particular problem, or subsidising those who
are strong today and need to be strong tomorrow, thereby supporting
future generations.
Daimler has submitted
a number of project
proposals to the
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