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.

28.01.2010: Industry responds to the crisis with diversification and downsizing in 2009

24.01.2010 Diversification has been the most common reaction of the European micro, nano and materials companies to the economic crisis, in addition to intensified customer acquisition efforts (figure 3). Almost half of the companies (49%) have expanded their business, 82% of them by developing new products, 55% by entering new markets with existing or new products. ...

28.01.2010: Short-time work takes positive effects on German high-tech industries

23.01.2010 In Germany, some of the supporting measures with which the federal government tried to counteract the economic crisis appear to have had a positive impact on the microtechnology, nanotechnology and advanced materials industry. Companies in Germany have more often than their European competitors been able to keep their staff numbers steady. It seems that the ...

28.01.2010: German high-tech companies support automotive industry in 2009

22.01.2010 Among the target markets of the German micro, nano and materials companies, the automotive industry has replaced the medical technology industry as the most popular market for the first time in years. Slightly more than half of the German companies (51%) supplied the automotive industry in 2009, whereas in the rest of Europe it were ...

28.01.2010: Export business is slow for German companies in 2009

21.01.2010 Since 2004, the German microtechnology, nanotechnology and advanced materials companies have suffered significant cutbacks on foreign markets. While the percentage of companies that achieved more than half of their turnover on foreign markets in 2004 was still above 50%, it was only at 33% in 2009. In the rest of Europe, 58% of the companies ...

28.01.2010: China catches up with Japan as popular export country in 2009

20.01.2010 German companies more often address markets in Asia than their European competitors. For the companies in other European countries Germany itself is by far the most important export country. To the companies in other European countries apart from Germany, markets in Asian are becoming more popular, too. Almost half (47%) of the non-German microtechnology, nanotechnology ...

09.04.2009: High-tech enterprises react to economic crisis in a constructive way in 2008

09.04.2009 The European micro, nano and materials enterprises intend to react to the general economic crisis mostly with constructive measures. Almost 70 % of the enterprises intend to intensify their efforts to acquire new customers; more than 65 % want to develop new business fields. However, almost 35 % of the enterprises consider reducing labour costs. ...

09.04.2009: Export share of European high-tech industry steady in spite of in spite of crisis

08.04.2009 The global economic crisis has had no drastic effects on the export share of the European micro, nano and materials industry. Altogether, almost 50 % of the small and medium-sized enterprises have gained at least half of their annual sales with export in 2008. The USA is still the major export country of the European ...

09.04.2009: Expectations of staff growth subdued for 2009

07.04.2009 Prognoses for staff growth are noticeably less optimistic in the current business year than they were in the previous years. Altogether, only a little more than 30 % of the European micro, nano and materials enterprises are expecting their staff numbers to grow in 2009. More than half of the enterprises are expecting to keep ...

09.04.2009: Micro, nano and materials enterprises depend on automotive industry despite sales crisis

06.04.2009 The current sales crisis of the automotive industry apparently does not prompt the high-tech suppliers to turn away from the industry. Apart from medical technology, which continues to be the major market for the European micro, nano and materials enterprises, the automotive industry is their second most important market. More than 50 % of the ...

09.04.2009: Microsystems for renewable energies are trend-setting

05.04.2009 Microsystems for renewable energies, e.g. photovoltaic applications, are a promising market for the European micro, nano and materials enterprises. 55 % of the enterprises that are involved in energy technologies intend to focus on renewable energy applications in the near future. 45 % of the enterprises intend to work on functional surfaces that save energy ...

01.09.2008: Trendsetting markets Life Sciences and Cleantech are not sufficiently supplied

01.09.2008 Life Sciences and clean technologies are promising markets that micro- and nanotechnology enterprises should more strongly focus on. A survey in the Dortmund region came up with significant differences in the evaluation of the future potential of applications and the companies’ activities in these markets. For instance, an average of 65.5 % of the respondents ...

09.04.2008: The shortage of qualified staff becomes an acute problem for the micro and nanotechnology industry

09.04.2008 According to the member survey of the IVAM Microtechnology Network, 47 percent of the companies expect to be affected by the shortage of qualified staff in 2008 already. Only 30 percent thought so in 2007. People with a technical or scientific background are particularly scarce: they account for more than 80 percent of the shortage. ...

09.04.2008: Energy and solar applications are becoming a new trend

08.04.2008 Apart from the Life Sciences, the automotive and semiconductor industry, which have been the leading target markets of the micro- and nanotechnology industry, applications in the fields of energy and solar systems are a growing trend. Almost 12 % of the European micro- and nanotechnology companies and research institutes are expecting these markets to be ...

15.04.2007: German micro and nanotechnology companies expect to grow despite skilled labor shortage

17.01.2008 IVAM’s members are optimistic about their development. 40% of the companies in Germany expect their numbers of employees to increase strongly in the next 3 to 5 years. The forecasts are distinctly better than in the years before, despite an expected skilled labor shortage: half of the enterprises expect to be affected by a shortage ...

15.04.2007: Growing attractiveness of Asian markets

16.01.2008 Among the countries or regions, where the members would like to take up business in the near future, India gained in popularity compared to last year’s survey (from 5.4% to 13.6%), whereas China dropped back considerably (from 12.5% to 3.4%). The Asian countries have out-run the USA as a potential business country. The USA is, ...

15.04.2007: BioMEMS considered to be most important new application field for micro and nanotechnology

15.01.2008 One third of the German micro and nanotechnology enterprises consider bio-microsystems to be an important new technology and application field. Other important new application fields are micro-nano integration and microsystems for machine/plant construction and production processes (31.0 % each). Source: Member Survey of the IVAM Microtechnology Network, February 2007.

01.04.2006: Medical Technology is the major market of the micro and nanotechnology companies

14.01.2008 Medical technology is the major market of the German micro and nanotechnology enterprises. In an online survey conducted among the members of the IVAM Microtechnology Network, 46.5 % of the German enterprises indicated medical technology as a sector in which they are prominently engaged. The life sciences biotechnology and the chemical and pharmaceutical industry are ...

01.04.2006: EU countries are the most popular export regions of the German micro and nanotechnology companies

13.01.2008 Almost half of the German MEMS enterprises (48.8 %) are exporting into the USA. The European Union, however, continues to be the leading export region, served by 81.4 % of the German companies. In Asia, Japan is the most popular export country, whereas China has considerably gained importance compared to the year 2005. Source: Member ...

01.04.2006: Positive sales forecasts for the German micro and nanotechnology industry

12.01.2008 The sales forecasts of the German micro and nanotechnology enterprises are quite positive. Half of the companies expect to increase their sales more than 10 % in the next 3 to 5 years. Only 30 % of the companies have actually achieved such a growth rate in the year 2005. None of the companies expect ...

10.04.2005: German microtechnology companies are champions in exports

11.01.2008 German microtechnology companies are living up to Germany’s reputation as export champion: Almost 60 % gain more than half of their annual sales through export. The most important export countries are, in descending order, the USA, Switzerland, Germany, France, Japan, and the Netherlands. Source: Member Survey of the IVAM Microtechnology Network, March 2005.