The CATRENE Final Report was initially produced in November 2016. A December 2019 addendum has been released including last running projects which were supported through the Industry Association, AENEAS alongside with a brochure on all CATRENE projects that were all successfully completed.
CATRENE, a EUREKA Cluster for micro and nanoelectronics, was started in 2008 and launched its last call for project proposals in 2015.
It aimed for Technological Leadership for a competitive European ICT industry. It was based on the ambition of Europe and the European companies to deliver nano-/microelectronics solutions that respond to the needs of society at large, improving the economic prosperity of Europe and reinforcing the ability of its industry to be at the forefront of the global competition.
CATRENE built on the successful previous EUREKA programmes JESSI, MEDEA, and MEDEA+ in fostering the continued development of a dynamic European ecosystem with the critical mass necessary to compete at a global level in high technology industries.
The CATRENE Final Report was initially produced in November 2016. Please find below the link to the December 2019 Final Report addendum including last running projects which were supported through the Industry Association AENEAS, alongside with a brochure on all CATRENE projects that were all successfully completed.
The CATRENE programme, after 11 years of activity, has supported 51 projects, bringing together close to 350 participants in 19 countries, of which a large share of SMEs (42%), resulting in over 320 patents filed, and over 2400 publications and/or conference presentations reflecting significant advances in both the technologies and the applications of micro and nanoelectronics. The number of patents filed was relatively large, even though many consortia were composed of competing companies. This shows how CATRENE pushed innovation power, and helped the Industry to occupy market segments, as was successfully done in sectors like Power Electronics and Security.
The direct scientific and technical results of CATRENE also impact the European economy on other levels, first on the micro and nanoelectronics ecosystem, and on the electronics industry, as well as on the economy as a whole (in terms of activity, employment, companies, competitiveness) and on the satisfaction of societal needs.
The micro and nanoelectronics ecosystem revolves around the major semiconductor companies, associating partners, materials and other suppliers or contractors, production equipment manufacturers as well as research organisations, with some large companies and a lot of SMEs. This ecosystem is also often localised in the same region as the large company headquarters. The CATRENE projects bring together a number of these ecosystem members, and greatly contribute to strengthen the links between them, and to promote collaboration between companies. This is beneficial to all participants. According to the impact assessment survey
2 of the EUREKA programme, the annual turnover of participating firms increased by 15% for Network Projects and by 13% for Cluster projects one year after the end of projects compared to non-participating companies. In addition, annual employment showed an additional growth of 4% for Network Projects and 7% for Cluster Projects.
More about the CATRENE Final report, 2019 addendum and 51 project results sheet brochure here.