Sofradir, Ulis Invest €150M in French Nano 2022 Program

The developmet of next-generation infrared detectors aims to strengthen Europe’s microelectronics ecosystem and ensure industry growth. (Source: Sofradir)

This announcement follows the European Commission’s approval on December 18, 2018 of the Important Project of Common European Interest (IPCEI), a joint project by France, Germany, Italy, and the UK to give 1.75 billion euros (approx. $ 2 B) in public support for research and innovation in microelectronics.

Nano 2022 is France’s initiative within the cross-border program that will support developments in nanotechnology, a market sector of strategic importance for the future, which includes applications such as smart sensors. The Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes region, where Sofradir and Ulis have operations, announced it will contribute € 35 M ($ 40 M) to support Nano 2022.

Sofradir and Ulis, whose infrared technologies are used in a range of applications from space observation and environmental monitoring to security surveillance and predictive maintenance, will invest € 150 M ($ 171 M) over the period 2018 – 2022 in the Nano 2022 initiative to develop next-generation infrared detectors.

“Infrared technologies can offer the necessary solutions for improving assisted living, mobility, energy efficiency, security, and environmental monitoring, which are all crucial societal needs,” said Jean-François Delepau, chairman and CEO of Sofradir and Ulis. “As a result of our investment, equipment manufacturers will benefit from the ease-of-use and performance these new products will offer.”

Nano 2022 will enable Ulis to develop the next generations of infrared detectors to address trends in autonomous systems for smart buildings (workspace management, energy savings), road safety, and in-cabin comfort of vehicles. It also enables Sofradir to develop the very large dimension infrared detectors needed for space and astronomy observations as well as compact and light sensors that can be used in portable devices and on drones. Nano 2022 contributes to the funding of the pilot lines required for developing these technologies and products.

Other companies participating in Nano 2022 based in the Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes region include STMicroelectronics and Soitec.

The IPCEI framework develops key cross-border R&D and infrastructure projects aimed at encouraging member states to channel their public spending into large projects. These make a clear contribution to economic growth, job creation, and the competitiveness of Europe. The European Commission (DGComp) evaluates the funding conditions, ensuring they are in line with EU state aid rules. (Source: Sofradier / Ulis)

Link: SOFRADIR group headquarters, Palaiseau, France

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