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Posted: April 9, 2008

Micro- and Nanotechnology Industry Emploment - Qualified Staff Becomes Scarce

(Nanowerk News) Micro- and nanotechnologies generate business in many industries. Medical technology and the automotive industry are some of the most important markets of this exportoriented industry. Market figures are now presented by the IVAM Microtechnology Network in context with the MicroTechnology/HANNOVER MESSE. 30,000 people are presently employed in these high-tech fields by IVAM member companies alone. As the tendency is rising, the shortage of qualified staff may turn into an acute problem for the companies.
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. Nevertheless, almost 78 percent of the companies are expecting their staff number to increase in the next years.
Qualified staff for nanotechnology industry
Results of the IVAM member surveys and other projects are presented by IVAM Research, the economic data division of IVAM, at this year’s HANNOVER MESSE from April 21 to 25, 2008. One of the surveys presented at the MicroTechnology in Hall 6, Booth F16 is the Micro/Nano Atlas of Europe, a comparative analysis of eight European micro- and nanotechnology clusters. A complementary directory with contact data of 3,000 companies and research institutes will be available during the fair on CD-ROM.
About IVAM
IVAM is an international association of companies and institutes in the fields of microtechnology, nanotechnology and advanced materials. At present more than 270 companies, institutes and partners from all over the world are IVAM members. As the communicative bridge between suppliers and users, IVAM brings innovations to market and creates competitive advantages via technology marketing. Furthermore, IVAM offers lobbying services for small and medium-sized enterprises, qualification, various publications and world-wide networking on trade fairs and events.

IVAM – Microtechnology Network

Emil-Figge-Straße 76

D – 44227 Dortmund

Phone: +49 231 9742-168

E-mail: info@ivam.de

Source: IVAM
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