The IVAM Executive Panel is the trend indicator for the micro- and nanotechnology industry. We are catching the mood of the moment by collecting opinions of leading representatives of the micro- and nanotechnology industry on topical issues addressing societal, political or economic developments. In order to achieve that, we conducts brief periodic surveys among selected opinion leaders, executives, and scientists.

IVAM Executive Panel, May 2017: the automotive industry and climate protection

07.06.2017 Microtechnology industry does not back German automotive industry unconditionally Being part of the automotive supplier industry, the microtechnology industry has a great interest in a strong automotive industry. Representatives of these suppliers, represented in the IVAM Executive Panel, however, believe that the interests of the German automotive industry should not be protected under all conditions: ...

IVAM Executive Panel, August 2016: Will the Brexit affect the microtechnology industry?

15.08.2016 Brexit will not affect microtechnology market but might stall innovation Representatives of the microtechnology industry in Germany do not believe that the Brexit will have a manifest impact on their industry. Two-thirds of the IVAM Executive Panel – a group of selected executives and scientists – believe that the Brexit will not affect the microtechnology ...

IVAM Executive Panel, October 2015: Will refugees counteract the skills shortage?

30.10.2015 Whether the current influx of refugees carries future professionals for the microtechnology industry into Germany, seems rather unclear at the moment. A third of the industry experts say that the influx of immigrants is an opportunity to win professionals for the industry. But prerequisite for their employment is that an effective integration policy will be ...

IVAM Executive Panel, June 2015: How will Greece and Europe emerge from the crisis?

29.06.2015 A few days before the term of payment to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the financial rescue package for Greece expire, the IVAM Microtechnology Network has asked selected executives in the microtechnology industry what they consider to be the worst or the best possible outcome of the crisis. Half the participants in the IVAM ...

IVAM Executive Panel, November 2014 - Microtechnology industry expects impetus from TTIP

24.11.2014 Micro- and nanotechnology experts in Germany think that the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the EU and the US would give impetus to their industry. In a survey, which the IVAM Microtechnology Network conducted among leading industry representatives, the majority said that the German micro- und nanotechnology industry would profit from the ...

IVAM Executive Panel, April 2014 - Crimean crisis: economic sanctions unpopular in micro- and nanotechnology industry

11.04.2014 Economic sanctions against Russia in response to the Crimean conflict are rather unpopular among representatives of the micro- and nanotechnology industry in Germany. In a short survey, the IVAM Microtechnology Network asked selected industry experts – the IVAM Executive Panel – for their opinion.   Two thirds of respondents say that economic sanctions are not ...

IVAM Executive Panel, November 2013: Minimum wage has no major impact on MEMS industry and economic performance in Germany

15.11.2013 MEMS industry experts in Germany doubt that the possible introduction of a nationwide minimum wage in Germany would have a major impact on the general economic performance. Due to a survey conducted by the IVAM Microtechnology Network, 60 percent of the IVAM Executive Panel members assume that Germany’s economic performance would remain stable. Only 20 ...

IVAM Executive Panel, June 2013: No strain on trade relations with China expected

24.06.2013 Leading representatives of the European microtechnology industry do not expect that the current conflict will put a strain on the trade relations between Europe and China. In a flash poll, 57 percent of participating experts from industry and science saw no cause for concern. Only 13 percent supposed that the conflict about punitive duties will ...

IVAM Executive Panel, April 2012: New funding landscape makes innovation financing difficult

07.05.2012 A re-structured funding landscape and the succeeding financial crises may hamper the innovative strength of the microtechnology industry in Germany. In a survey among industry experts and scientists, 43 percent say that financing innovation has become more difficult in the past four years.   After pertinent funding programmes have been abandoned, it has become more ...

IVAM Executive Panel, April 2012: Succeeding financial crises hamper innovation

06.05.2012 42 percent of microsystems industry experts think that a current shortage of financial means endangers the innovative strength of the industry in Germany. Another 29 percent think this may partly be the case.   According to the experts, it is above all the current financial market situation that causes an innovation shortfall. In the aftermath ...

IVAM Executive Panel, September 2011: Sales slump may even aid microtechnology industry's business

04.10.2011 Nearly a half of the microtechnology experts (47%) state that the debt crisis has already had a noticeable impact on their own business. For example, the business is growing more slowly, or the purchasing of products has become more expensive.   For some providers of micro technologies and development services an economic downturn might even ...

IVAM Executive Panel, September 2011: Debt crisis dampens economic outlook

04.10.2011 Executives in the microtechnology industry expect that the debt crisis in Europe and the U.S. will slow economic development. Just over half the industry experts (53%) assume that the economy will stagnate over the next six months. Being a suppliers industry, the microsystems industry very much depends on the business of their customers. While many ...

IVAM Executive Panel, June 2011: Alternative energy policy involves more opportunities than risks

29.06.2011 In the next years, electricity costs in Germany may rise as a result of the government’s decision to phase out of nuclear power quickly. Still, representatives of the German microtechnology industry do not only see risks but also new opportunities in the alternative energy policy. It will not only increase the need to exploit new ...

IVAM Executive Panel, June 2011: Efficiency is immanent to microtechnology production

28.06.2011 In Germany , 18 percent of microtechnology companies would be able to counterbalance rising power costs by producing more efficiently. 55 percent say they might be able to save power in production but would have to cut back in other areas in order to completely compensate for increasing power costs. Nevertheless, the companies are willing ...

IVAM Executive Panel, June 2011: Demand for efficiency raises market opportunities

27.06.2011 No matter how the electricity costs will develop in the coming years: phasing out of nuclear power will not only have negative consequences for the microtechnology industry. Almost three quarters (72 percent) of industry experts are convinced that the alternative energy policy opens up new market opportunities.   Microsystems technology is creating the basis for ...

IVAM Executive Panel, March 2011: Skills shortage not acute for microtechnology SMEs

28.03.2011 The much-discussed shortage of skilled workers is not an acute problem for many small and medium-sized microtechnology enterprises. Companies whose innovation efforts are thwarted because they do not find adequately qualified staff are the exception rather than the rule. According to industry experts, small and medium-sized high-tech companies do have advantages on the highly competitive ...

IVAM Executive Panel, March 2011: Temporary employment only a compromise for high-tech SMEs

27.03.2011 Most small and medium-sized microtechnology enterprises would only fill engineering positions with temporary workers if there was not enough time to recruit permanent employees – because of the efforts and risk involved. Development processes in innovative SMEs are long and require specialized knowledge. To convey the necessary knowledge to temporarily employed workers takes too much ...