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Supporting Europe's microelectronics industry

STFC is providing the design infrastructure for the £23bn UK microelectronics sector, underpinning several other strategically important industries to the UK economy.


The global microelectronics industry is growing at a rate of 15% per year and has a worldwide market of £500bn (representing 1% of the world’s GDP) that underpins virtually every single industrial sectori.

Microelectronics is vital to the health and competitiveness of our aerospace, automotive, consumer technology and defence industries that collectively account for £78bnii of UK GDP and employ around 850,000 people (2.9% of UK workforce)iii. The increasing shift to a UK knowledge based economy will boost the demand for highly skilled microelectronics design engineers who are already in short supply.

left-hand quote markSTFC’s continuous support of the design activities in UK universities has formed a vital part of the supply chain of graduates with practical design experience to UK industryright-hand quote mark

Paul Greenfield,
CEO Aspex Semiconductor Ltd

STFC's Microelectronic Support Centre

STFC’s Microelectronics Support Centre partners with 20 of the world’s leading microelectronics system designers and 11 leading design institutes. It provides over 650 Universities and Research Institutes across Europe, including 80 in the UK, with world-leading microelectronics design tools.

This work has generated revenue for STFC in excess of £75m in the last 25 years with over 85% coming from outside the UK. Due to the increasing complexity of the design process, many European universities and research institutes are unable to make effective use of these advanced facilities without additional training.

STFC and its partners provide hands-on practical training courses which move around Europe, enabling the university trainers and researchers to get the most out of the software. More than 250,000 students and academics have directly benefitted.

STFC has provided this vital resource and infrastructure to universities and research institutes for over 25 years and most of the microelectronics engineers graduating in Europe have been trained on STFC’s supplied and supported design tools.

  1. Sector Information. NMI Trade Association
  2. The ESCO report. A blueprint for economic growth. 2013
  3. Sector Information. NMI Trade Association

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Last updated: 10 November 2017


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