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.

IVAM Survey 2018

05.04.2018 Positive developments in the European microtechnology industry that have become apparent in previous years continue this year, in some cases intensified. This has been confirmed by this year's economic data survey by the IVAM Microtechnology Network. These developments include a continued upswing in staff numbers and turnover and very good forecasts in both areas for ...

Skills shortage does not keep microtechnology industry from hiring

04.04.2018 Despite the acknowledged shortage of skilled workers in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), the number of employees in the microtechnology industry is steadily rising. In 2017, 63.3% of the companies in Europe involved with microtechnology have increased their workforce. This is a significantly higher proportion than in previous years. In last year’s ...

Microtechnology industry constantly increases turnover

03.04.2018 A continuously growing proportion of the European high-tech industry has been able to increase turnover over the past four years. In 2017, well over half (62%) of the surveyed microtechnology companies have increased their turnover. Medium-term expectations are also very positive: nearly 80% of companies expect their turnover to increase over the next three years. ...

Microtechnology industry’s export will increase

02.04.2018 The European microtechnology industry expects to significantly increase its export activity in the medium term: 63.3% of companies expect exports to increase over the next three years. In previous years, the increase in exports was comparatively modest. On average, 35-40% of companies achieved an increase in exports between 2014 and 2017. Nonetheless, microtechnology is an ...

Export and cooperation predominate in international activities

01.04.2018 In total, 85.5% of the European microtechnology companies export. Export is the prevalent way of acting on an international level in the microtechnology industry. Most companies that do not export (almost 15%) are suppliers of components whose customers export the final product. Research institutions are predominantly active at international level in the form of technological ...

Europe is main export region – China to become second most important export market

31.03.2018 The EU and EFTA region is and will continue to be the most important export region for the largest proportion of the European microtechnology companies. Currently, 40.5% of companies focus on exporting within Europe. This share is supposed to increase to 43% over the next three years. In the overseas export business, the US is ...

Significance of medical technology market unfailing

30.03.2018 The medical device and healthcare market is and remains the most important target market for the highest proportion of microtechnology companies: for 21% of companies, medical technology is currently the most important market – for 27.2% of companies, it will be the most important market in three years’ time. New impulses in medical technology and ...

EU regulations impede rather than facilitate business operations

29.03.2018 Only a small proportion of European microtechnology organizations appreciate how EU regulations facilitate trade and collaboration within the EU single market: only 14% say that EU regulations and directives partly have a facilitating effect on their business operations. More than half (58%) of the responding organizations feel that EU regulations and directives are impeding their ...

Microtechnology industry affected by a variety of EU regulations

28.03.2018 The European microtechnology industry covers a broad range of technology fields including micro components, MEMS, nanotechnology, advanced materials, and optical technologies. Consequently, the industry is affected by a variety of EU regulations and directives, such as RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances), REACH (Registration Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals), or the Machinery Directive. Recently, regulations ...

EU regulations: Documentation and implementation overburden microtechnology industry

27.03.2018 A major complication from the point of view of the European microtechnology organizations are the high documentation and reporting obligations that EU regulations or directives entail. More than half (56.9%) of the companies and institutes say that the documentation and reporting obligations impede their business operations. Almost half (49.2%) of the organizations are challenged by ...

SMEs demand simplified EU regulations

26.03.2018 A clear majority of representatives of the European microtechnology industry thinks that EU regulations are too extensive and complex for small companies to be able to comply. Almost three quarters (72.3%) of microtechnology organizations call for simplified regulations for SMEs. 40.4% of microtechnology industry representatives say that a more homogeneous implementation in all EU countries ...

Mixed feeligns about delayed government formation in Germany

07.03.2018 Representatives of the microtechnology industry in Europe are partly concerned and partly relaxed about the impact the long government formation process in Germany after the elections in 2017 might have on the European Union. As part of its annual economic data survey, the IVAM Microtechnology Network has asked industry representatives whether they believe that the ...

IVAM Survey 2017

09.03.2017 In early 2017, growth forecasts in Europe’s microtechnology industry are distinctively positive. More than 80 percent of the companies expect to increase sales in the period from 2017 to 2019. The number of employees is also expected to rise in more than three-quarters of the companies. However, securing skilled workforce remains a challenge for more ...

Europe's microtechnology industry signals growth

08.03.2017 In early 2017, growth forecasts in Europe’s microtechnology industry are distinctively positive. More than 80 percent of the companies expect to increase sales in the period from 2017 to 2019. The number of employees is also expected to rise in more than three-quarters of the companies. However, securing skilled workforce remains a challenge for more ...

China expected to outrank the USA as major overseas mark

07.03.2017 Trade in European microtechnology products still predominantly takes place within Europe. The EU and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) are the most important sales and export regions for more than half of the European companies.   The USA is the most important overseas market, still. This is likely to change over the next three ...

Personalization, demography and connectivity determine technical progress in medical technology

05.03.2017 The trend towards personalized medical care as well as demographic developments and digitalization, but also health policy and cost pressure are driving technological progress in medical technology and health care.   From the perspective of microtechnology companies, the aging society is currently the strongest driver for innovations in medical technology and healthcare.   R&D efforts ...

Assisted and connected driving make the car industry exciting again

04.03.2017 Assisted or autonomous driving and digital transformation are currently the strongest drivers for innovations in automotive engineering. Over the next three years, innovation activity in the supply industry will shift towards digital technologies; applications in vehicle networking, navigation and tracking will increase. More applications will also arise in the area of vehicle lighting.   Source: ...

Nationalistic tendencies in the US and Europe preoccupy the microtechnology sector

03.03.2017 The representatives of the European microtechnology industry perceive nationalist tendencies in the economic policy of the USA and anti-EU tendencies in some member states of the European Union as external uncertainty factors. More than forty percent, including a significantly higher proportion (58.5 %) of research and development organizations, regard this as an uncertainty factor for ...

Shortage of qualified staff still challenges microtechnology industry

02.03.2017 The need to find qualified staff is perceived as a challenge in the microtechnology sector in Europe, by both, companies and research institutions.   About a third of the industry representatives each are concerned about the competitiveness, innovative capability and profitability of their company.   For research institutions, however, financing is the second-largest internal challenge ...

The digital transformation is no disruption to the microtechnology industry

01.03.2017 The innovative microtechnology industry, which has always played a key role in technological advances, does not think of the digital transformation as a disruption: almost a third of companies and research institutes do not regard the digital transformation as a new development, as they have used or implemented new digital technologies in the past already. ...