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Federating European Electronics Ecosystems for Competitive Electronics Industries

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - 5E (Federating European Electronics Ecosystems for Competitive Electronics Industries)

Reporting period: 2019-01-01 to 2020-03-31

The 5E project will underpin digitalisation and support specifically the European electronics industry in seizing opportunities by federating – not merging – the 3 European electronics ecosystems, i.e. Nanoelectronics, Electronic Smart Systems, and Flexible and Wearable Electronics.
Federation will be achieved by developing a joint vision based on a thorough analysis of the state of play of the 3 ecosystems, focusing on the interfaces between the areas, as well as on opportunities for collaboration and cross-fertilisation.
A technology and application meta-roadmap will be elaborated and implemented at the levels of the 3 electronics ecosystems, the demand-side industries in application sectors, and the areas of digitalisation, as well as on the European and regional policy levels.
Dedicated actions of 5E will further reinforce collaboration and outreach of the electronics industry across Europe – in all relevant value chains, sectors, areas and target groups, and at international level, establishing and reinforcing cooperation.
Targeted outreach and visibility actions aim at EU-funded projects, large industry, SMEs, start-ups, but also at the demand-side, user communities and the wider public. These actions include provision of a toolbox, a digital library, digital showcase and a contest, thereby largely contributing to dissemination and exploitation, and hence to maximising impact.
In the first reporting period, the 5E consortium successfully preformed important basic work and achieved very good results in all Work Packages:
• WP1 – Project Management achievements include the efficient management and coordination of the project and the consortium.
• WP2 – State of Play & Joint Vision initially provided the landscape description for the three electronics areas, followed by 11 Sectorial States of Play (SSPs) documents, and a catalogue of 33 opportunities at the interfaces of the three areas. This was further qualified and extended to a catalogue of 39 opportunities, based on feedback from more than 150 stakeholders. The Joint Vision for the electronics sector was developed in close collaboration with WP3, and the definition of a new term “Functional Electronics” was provided.
• WP3 - Roadmapping, in close collaboration with WP2, delivered the Path Description to the Joint Vision and advanced on the selection of Sweet Spots for collaboration between the three electronics areas. Four Vision Papers on the most important Sweet Spots will be published, one each on Circular Economy, the Energy Challenge, Autonomous Operation of Machines and Advanced Sensing.
• In WP4 - Implementation, the tasks on closing loops and cascading strategies were initiated earlier than planned. These include actions in the framework of ECSEL Italy, a series of meetings with representatives of the Flexible & Printed Electronics, Electronics Smart Systems, Photonics, and DIH communities, and with regional networks, and feedback gathering exercises in collaboration with WP2 and WP3 on the 5E Joint Vision, the 5E Vision Papers, and the newly created term Functional Electronics.
• In WP5 - Fostering Cooperation, the Stakeholder Database was successfully set up and is fully operational. A multitude of actions fostering cooperation were conducted, ranging from booths, presentations and stakeholder involvement exercises at events, to dedicated meetings and workshops. Activities for launching the Transversal Working Group have started, and for international cooperation, participation in two major events took place, contacts were established, and a series of webinars was planned.
• WP6 - Outreach provided the Graphic Brand Identity, a toolbox with website ( communications tools, and LinkedIn and Twitter account pages of the project. Dedicated communications material was developed and made available, and outreach activities were supported for the whole project. Particular communications support was provided to WP2 in relation to the results and workshops and to WP5 for the stakeholder database and the cooperation activities. Finally, the 5E Digital Showcase was launched and widely promoted.
The project achieved the performance levels for the KPIs defined for the period, in several cases the project even over-performed.
5E substantially contributes to all impacts listed in the call, providing metrics (KPIs) for measuring and monitoring, and will additionally generate impact on the higher economic and societal levels.
The project primarily contributes to those impacts set out in the ICT-07-2018 call text of the Work Programme that are relevant for CSA type projects.
These impacts are:
• Creating new opportunities for digitisation in traditional sectors and improving user acceptance.
• Attract a substantial number of new users, from industry (in particular SMEs and mid-caps) and academia, to advanced technologies.
• Increased cooperation and synergy across electronic technology areas, promoting joint, multi-disciplinary initiatives.
• Stimulating the involvement of industry in longer term research and innovation activities.
The impacts generated on the higher economic and societal levels include:
• European competitiveness, economic growth and employment in the Electronics sector
• Well-being of European citizens
• Structuring and valorisation of value chains and ecosystems in Electronics
• Awareness, general perception, visibility and value of Electronics technologies
• Future public, corporate and private investments in Electronics
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