Infineon Employees Equip the World for Tomorrow’s Challenges; Innovation Week Promotes Exchange of Ideas
Neubiberg, Germany – November 22, 2010 – Modern society is energy-thirsty, constantly on the move and digitally networked. Energy efficiency, mobility and security are mega trends of the future and semiconductors make them possible.
Infineon is already a leading manufacturer of innovative semiconductor solutions. In a move to maintain this edge, the company launched the InnovationNet initiative in May 2010. Embracing the company’s worldwide innovation activities, the initiative aims at driving innovation ahead not only in the products, but also in areas such as development, manufacturing and logistics. As part of the initiative, an Innovation Week is being held at Infineon’s headquarters in Neubiberg from November 22 to 26. Throughout the week, staff from all the divisions will exchange ideas addressing innovation and will build and strengthen networks. A varied program consisting of lectures, expert panel discussions, workshops and an exhibition will provide the impetus.
“Infineon is one of the innovation leaders in the semiconductor industry and when it comes to technology the company’s Automotive Electronics, Industrial & Multimarket and Chip Card & Security Divisions have secured world-class status. Innovations – not only in products but also in technologies, manufacturing and logistics processes – are the basis of our economic success”, said Dr. Reinhard Ploss, member of the Management Board and Head of Operations at Infineon Technologies AG. “The InnovationNet initiative and the Innovation Week will drive Infineon’s innovativeness forward and sharpen its edge in providing products that offer outstanding performance at competitive cost.“
The highlights of the Innovation Week
Infineon is not resting on its laurels as an innovation leader. Therefore the company has invited guest speakers, including experts from Deutsche Telekom, Siemens and 3M, to get the Innovation Week off to a start on Monday. They will be giving talks on subjects such as electromobility and the smart grid. In the evening Prof. Franz Josef Radermacher from the University of Ulm, member of the Marshall Plan Initiative and the Club of Rome, will be giving a lecture on global trends and challenges of our time.
Infineon also attaches great importance to the close meshing of science and practice because to be truly innovative it is vital to apply oneself to the latest results of research. During the University Evening, Prof. Doris Schmitt-Landsiedel and Prof. Ulf Schlichtmann from the Technical University of Munich, and Prof. Ignaz Eisele from the University of the Federal Armed Forces will be discussing the challenges posed for microelectronics in the coming decade together with Hans Adlkofer, who is in charge of system activities in the Automotive Division of Infineon, and Dr. Gerhard Miller, Head of Development and Innovation Industrial Power at Infineon. New ideas and joint projects will also be discussed within this framework.
Infineon staff will have ample opportunity throughout the Innovation Week to join in discussion groups and workshops. For instance, on two days the iCommunities – think tanks who come up with innovative research, development and manufacturing solutions – will present the results they have come up with so far and put them up for discussion. In addition, there will be a two-day Open Space Workshop which will look at cutting the time taken to translate innovative ideas into action. Open Space is a proven workshop method allowing participants plenty of latitude to evolve their ideas.
Infineon Technologies AG, Neubiberg, Germany, offers semiconductor and system solutions addressing three central challenges to modern society: energy efficiency, mobility, and security. In the 2010 fiscal year (ending September 30), the company reported sales of Euro 3.295 billion with approximately 26,650 employees worldwide. With a global presence, Infineon operates through its subsidiaries in the U.S. from Milpitas, CA, in the Asia-Pacific region from Singapore, and in Japan from Tokyo. Infineon is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (ticker symbol: IFX) and in the USA on the over-the-counter market OTCQX International Premier (ticker symbol: IFNNY).