Nanotechnology research, conceptual computer artwork
21 March 2019

Electronics sector and the Nano Plan 2022: two examples of French and European excellence

On 15 March 2019, Bruno Le Maire signed the Strategic Committee contract for the Electronic Industries sector and launched the Nano 2022 Industrial Development and Deployment Programme, at the STMicroelectronics industrial site in Crolles (Isère).

The Strategic Committee for the electronics industry sector brings together all actors involved in electronics manufacturing in France: the production of electronic components, connectors and printed circuits, the design and assembly of electronic boards and sub-assemblies, distribution, and the publishing of embedded software and software tools for designing electronic systems. Overall, this growing sector employs 100,000 people in France, creates 150,000 additional indirect jobs, and generates €15 billion in turnover.

In accordance with the guidance provided by the National Council for Industry (CNI), the electronics sector has developed an ambitious and coherent action plan for large-scale structuring projects, which are major development challenges facing the sector in the areas of innovation, industrialisation, digital transformation, skills and the international arena.

The Strategic Committee contract for the Electronic Industries sector will in particular:
  • Maintain French excellence in key digital technologies by stepping up efforts in the field of R&D&I, with the Nano Plan 2022 for electronic components at the very heart of this ambition, and by developing strategic partnerships throughout Europe in order to compete with the power of American and Asian digital ecosystems.
  • Adapt skills by anticipating changing needs, with the launch of a commitment to developing jobs and skills (EDEC). This also involves developing the provision of work-linked training, the objective being to double the number of work-study trainees in the sector.
  • Promote a competitive French electronics manufacturing sector across the territory by accelerating the sector’s transformation towards the sustainable electronics industry of the future with the launch of acceleration platforms to assist businesses in the sector with their transformation efforts.
  • Position the sector as a key player in digital transformation by supporting the dissemination of electronics and software technologies among SMEs in other sectors of activity.
The Government and the Regions have reaffirmed their support and their presence alongside manufacturers in the electronics industry to help them meet the challenges this sector presents. They will support, more specifically, the Nano 2022 Industrial Development and Deployment Programme and the operational implementation of the various measures of the sector contract, which are crucial for the future and the development of the electronics sector and, more broadly, for French industry as a whole.
"Electronics industries (...) at the forefront of technologies and production processes, constitute the industrial base essential to all application sectors, foremost among which are the automotive, aeronautics, space and connected objects sectors.
The electronics sector, which innovates and creates jobs, demonstrates the country’s ambition in high-tech areas; it is time it was given back the place it deserves in the French economy. I therefore encourage the actors concerned to turn their ambitions swiftly into practical achievements with high leverage for French industry".
Bruno le Maire

The Nano Plan 2022

The Nano Plan 2022 is expected to mobilise more than €1 billion in public aid, including €886.5 million for the State. The mobilisation of local authorities around the project, as well as contributions from the European Commission through the ECSEL support mechanism for joint projects, should provide it with more than €200 million in additional public funding.

The Nano Plan 2022, which is part of a structuring process carried out at European level through the IPCEI (Important Project of Common European Interest) on Microelectronics approved by the Commission on 18 December 2018, is a programme of work and investment in R&D and pre-industrialisation aimed at controlling the production of new generations of electronic components to meet the needs of the automotive, 5G communications, embedded Artificial Intelligence, connected objects, aerospace and security sectors. It should generate a volume of work and investment worth a total of €5 billion over the period 2018-2022, and allow the creation or safeguarding of 4,000 directs jobs and 8,000 indirect and induced jobs.
"The strength and competitiveness of French industry, its ability to firmly establish itself on the markets in the future, thanks to the innovative nature of its products and the optimisation of its manufacturing process leading to cost reductions, rests today on the excellence of its integration in the value chains. These are, in fact, key to ensuring the speed and efficiency of the innovation process, the basis of which is now formed almost systematically by innovative electronic components.
This dynamic for creating value chains can only be built within a European framework, as I had the opportunity to discuss with my European counterparts on 18 December last year during the Friends of Industry Conference, on the same day that the Commission approved the IPCEI on Microelectronics.
As such, Nano 2022, due to its European dimension linked to the IPCEI, and its relationship with downstream sectors, plays a leading role in establishing this future European industrial policy which we are seeking to promote.
On an industrial level, as in the field of economic policy, Nano 2022 shows us that the electronics industry is inventing our future".
Bruno le Maire

The Nano 2022 plan offers powerful leverage for developing its beneficiaries’ activities, and consequently for boosting industrial employment in France.