Semiconductors have become essential and sensitive components for the technological sovereignty of countries on a global scale since chips are strategic for most industrial value chains. You can search our database to find Catalan suppliers in the semiconductors sector.
Indeed, semiconductor chips impact a wide range of industries: communications, electrical and electronic equipment, vehicles, robots, and industrial machinery, and even medicine and medical equipment.
As the report drawn up by Catalonia Trade & Investment points out, while global demand for semiconductors is mainly for communications (33%) and computing (29%), automotive (37%) and industry (25%) stand out in Europe.
In this sense, Catalonia is already positioning itself as one of the most dynamic environments in southern Europe in the field of the design of semiconductors.
This is evidenced by recent investment announcements by Cisco, Monolithic Power Systems (MPS) and Intel, which have chosen Barcelona to locate their microchip design centers. Moreover, Catalan company IDEADED will open close to Barcelona the largest private semiconductor clean room in southern Europe.
Public support in the semiconductors field
The European Chips Act, introduced in February 2022, will involve an investment of more than €43 billion with the target of the EU accounting for 20% of the global semiconductors market by 2030.
Moreover, the Spanish Government is implementing public investment in semiconductors (Strategic Project for Economic Recovery and Transformation- PERTE). This financing will involve €12.25B until 2027 to develop the design and production capabilities of the microelectronics and semiconductor industry in Spain.