With the IVAM Survey – our annual economic data survey among European companies and research institutes concerned with microtechnology and related key enabling technologies – we monitor the economic situation of the high-tech industries, identify trends and perspectives.  This page includes selected results and graphs from the IVAM survey as well as a summary of each survey’s complete results.

Orders, production, and sales gone up in 2011 despite Euro debt crisis

03.03.2012 The Euro debt crisis has left the microtechnology, nanotechnology and advanced materials industries largely unfazed so far. Although business has not grown as much as the companies had expected in the beginning of 2011, still more than half of them have been able to increase orders, production and sales during the past year. However, financing ...

Micro and Nano companies have created jobs in 2011

02.03.2012 Staff numbers in the European microtechnology, nanotechnology and advanced materials industries have developed more positively in 2011 than in the years before, especially compared to 2009. 56% of companies have been able to raise staff numbers during 2011. In Germany, staff numbers have developed even better than in other countries: 62% of German micro- and ...

Foreign business focuses on Euro zone

01.03.2012 Currently, the microtechnology, nanotechnology and advanced materials companies in Europe are largely concentrating their foreign transactions on the Euro zone: Western Europe is the main export region for European companies – far ahead of the USA and China. Within Asia, China is the most important export region for the European companies, followed by Japan. Source: ...

Energy efficiency is emerging market - medical technology still most important market

29.02.2012 Medical technology continues to be the most important target market for the European microtechnology, nanotechnology and advanced materials suppliers. The aerospace industry has gone down in the ranking of target markets, but is still among the top ten: only 35% of companies are supplying the aerospace industry, going down from 48% in the previous year. ...

IVAM Survey 2011

24.02.2011 Micro- and Nanotechnology companies in Europe to raise staff numbers again. The latest economic data collection of the IVAM Microtechnology Network in the medium-sized microtechnology, nanotechnology and materials industry in Europe shows how well the industry has recovered from the economic and financial crisis. The companies want to hire more employees again, their sales have ...

24.02.2011: Micro, Nano and Materials companies want to employ more people in 2011

21.02.2011 The European companies in the microtechnology, nanotechnology and new materials industries have resolved to employ more people in 2011. According to the survey conducted by the IVAM Microtechnology Network in January 2011, 60% of companies intend to create new jobs during the year 2011. This will continue the positive post-crisis trend, which has been perceptible ...

24.02.2011: Skills shortage no pressing issue?

20.02.2011 It seem that the shortage of skilled workers, which is a pressing issue in many industries and for political bodies as well, has not made itself fully felt in the predominantly medium-sized micro- and nanotechnology companies, yet. Over a third (39%) of the companies in Europe say that the skills shortage does not affect them ...

24.02.2011: R&D specialists are in demand

19.02.2011 In the European high-tech industry there is above all a shortage of specialists with academic and technical skills for product development and R&D. 86% of companies in the microtechnology, nanotechnology and advanced materials industry who feel the skills shortage are looking for people with such skills. But the shortage also affects areas like project management, ...

24.02.2011: Industry addresses skills shortage by itself

18.02.2011 For the time being, it is up to the companies to find appropriate solutions to the skills shortage. A little more than 60% of the affected companies in the micro- and nanotechnology industry have already taken measures to counteract the skills shortage. Many companies are taking it into their own hands to educate their future ...

24.02.2011: Turnover jumps in 2010

17.02.2011 The European companies of microtechnology, nanotechnology and advanced materials have been able to significantly increase their turnover in the past year. Almost half of the companies (47%) increased their turnover by more than 10% as compared to the previous year. The positive trend in sales is to continue in 2011, according to industry forecasts, though ...

24.02.2011: Export remains steady in 2010

16.02.2011 The micro- and nanotechnology industry’s export quota has remained more or less steady in 2010 compared to the previous year. A quarter of the companies have made more than 75% of turnover from exports. Half of the export transactions take place within Europe. Germany is the most important export market for the neighbouring European countries, ...

24.02.2011: Markets in Asia still attractive

15.02.2011 Growing export markets, which the companies want to address in the near future, are mostly located in Asia. Russia appears to be an attractive future market especially for the German companies at the moment, but not so much for companies in other countries. Source: IVAM Survey January 2011

24.02.2011: Prospects on 2011 are fine

14.02.2011 Good prospects for the new fiscal year: nearly two-thirds of the European micro- and nanotechnology companies expect that business will continue to improve during 2011. Especially orders, production and sales figures are supposed to rise explicitly. But the companies also want to surpass last year’s export and investment figures. Source: IVAM Survey January 2011

24.02.2011: Funding gaps remain

13.02.2011 Although the financial crisis has been officially pronounced to be overcome a while ago, it remains difficult for the European high-tech companies to get sufficient financial means to invest in their own business and new developments and ultimately to boost the economic growth. For about 40% of companies financing has become more difficult in the ...

20.07.2010: Orders, production and sales have increased during the first half of 2010

19.07.2010 According to the IVAM survey, incoming orders have developed particularly well in the first half of 2010: 62.9 percent of the German microtechnology, nanotechnology and advances materials companies have improved in this area. Production and sales has also improved for more than half of respondents. Corporate financing is still a weak point: more than half ...

20.07.2010: Further revival expected for second half of 2010

18.07.2010 Some of the German microtechnology, nanotechnology and advanced materials companies are foreseeing “a very positive development” in the second half of 2010. For this period, 53 percent are expecting a stable business situation and 40 percent are anticipating further improvement. Specifically, the companies have reported an increase in foreign demand – particularly in Asia export ...

20.07.2010: Companies are very positive about 2011

17.07.2010 After the crisis, the genuine “boom” for the microtechnology, nanotechnology and advanced materials industries is being supposed to happen in 2011: 59 percent of the German companies are anticipating an improvement of their business, only 7 percent fear that things might run worse for them than in 2010. Source: IVAM Survey July 2010

IVAM Survey 2010

28.01.2010 The impact of the ongoing economic crisis on the microtechnology, nanotechnology and advanced materials industries is expected to be less noticeable in 2010 than in the previous business year. A year ago, however, an improvement in the economic situation had been predicted by industry representatives for 2009 as well, a year that did not develop ...

28.01.2010: Micro, Nano and Materials Industry reports drops in turnover in 2009

26.01.2010 According to the European Microtechnology, Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials industry, sales in 2009 clearly went down, much more so than in the previous year, 2008. More than one quarter (27%) of the companies reported a turnover decreasing more than 10% - only one tenth of the companies (10%) had expected cutbacks on such a big ...

28.01.2010: Financing gaps increasingly burden the European high-tech industries

25.01.2010 During 2009, financing remained stable for 46% of the European Micro, Nano and Materials companies. But it is a striking fact that none of the responding companies has reported an improvement in its funding situation in 2009. The current restrictive approach to lending is gradually becoming a life-threatening problem for many high-tech companies. If the ...