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MEMS Industry Forum (MIF)

 In order to accelerate MEMS industry, which has been carried out the takeoff start, MEMS Industry Forum (MIF) Japan was launched in April, 2006. The various policies that back up MEMS industrialization are still required to get steady growth of the industry.

 Major activities of MEMS Industry Forum Japan are as follows.
Proposing policies of the MEMS industry development to the government and agencies
2) Establishing and implementing projects of industry and academic cooperation
Improvement of MEMS infrastructure projects for supporting industry development
   - MEMS foundry network
   - Networking with foundries and clusters
   - Education
4) Supporting an increase in exchange of businesses information

MEMBERSHIP as of October, 2023

Regular Members  : 10
Associate Members(Large companies) : 24
Associate Members(Small & medium size enterprises) :  3
Fellows(Individuals who support MIF activities) :  4
Council advisor :  4
    Universities : 64
      National Institutes :  4
      MEMS Clusters & Regional Labs : 17
      Associations : 13

International Affiliate Organizations
 as of July, 2022

Organization Country URL
ACAMP Canada
Alberta Japan Office Canada
Catalonia Trade & Investment, Tokyo Office Spain
Fraunhofer ENAS Germany
ICDREC Vietnam
IME Singapore
IMEC Belgie
ITRI Taiwan
iVAM Germany
NTRA Korea
Russian MEMS Association  Russia
SHTP Labs Vietnam
SIMTech Singapore
UC Berkley, BSAC USA
VTT Finland

Founded in 2007, ACAMP is a unique industry-led advanced technology product development centre that entrepreneurs count on to move their innovation from proof-of-concept to manufactured product by providing access to multidisciplinary engineers, technology experts, unique specialized equipment, and industry acumen. We focus on electronics hardware, firmware, software (ML/AI), sensors, and embedded systems. We are the only advanced technology product development group in Canada that provides a full range of support at each stage of the product development process.

Alberta Japan Office
The Japan Office develops important business relationships and can help your company pursue your international business goals. Invest in Canada. Invest in Alberta.
  • The Japan Office works with Alberta companies to find customers for their products, partners for their projects and investors for their businesses.
  • The Japan Office supports Japanese companies that want to source Alberta products, services or technologies and identifies investment opportunities.

Beijing Advanced Innovation Center for Intelligent Robots and Systems (BAICIRS)
BAICIRS was founded in August 2015 among the first batch of 13 advanced innovation centers accredited by Beijing Municipal Education Commission. Focusing on the national major demands and the global research fronts in intelligent robots and systems, and with the objectives to yield solutions for a series of major and frontier scientific issues, BAICIRS endeavors to make breakthroughs in theories and technologies of locomotion, bionics, multiscale perception and manipulation, micro/nano robotics, biomechatronic fusion and interaction, and system control and integration, through comprehensive and interdisciplinary integration of molecular bionics, bionic mechanics, multiscale perception and manipulation technologies, MEMS/NEMS technologies, and multiple artificial intelligence technologies. Around 110 researchers with various background from Japan, US, Europe as well as China assemble at BAICIRS to challenge the world-class problems.

Catalonia Trade & Investment, Tokyo Office
 Catalonia Trade & Investment is the Catalan Government's agency for foreign investment and business competitiveness. It promotes innovation, internationalization,trade and funding of Catalan companies and startups. Headquartered in Barcelona, Catalonia Trade & Investment operates from 40 offices around the world. Tokyo Office is one of the first overseas offices, with more than 30 years of experience.
 Catalonia has a longstanding industrial tradition. With 16% of Spanish population,Catalonia accounts for nearly 20% of Spanish GDP and 25% of its industry. Food chemicals, motor vehicles, energy and pharma are the main industrial sectors, and today, this strong industrial base and a powerful ICT sector are key elements making Catalonia a driving force in industry 4.0.
 Catalonia also boasts its scientific excellence and quality, with several state-of-the-art scientific facilities that support R&D system, including the ALBA Synchrotron (the first particle accelerator in Southern Europe), MareNostrum-BSC (Spain's premium supercomputer and one Europe's foremost), and the National Microelectronics Centre (Spain's largest public centre for microelectronics).

CEA-Leti, a technology research institute at CEA Tech, pioneers micro and nanotechnologies, tailoring differentiating applicative solutions that ensure competitiveness in a wide range of markets. The institute tackles critical challenges such as healthcare, energy, transport and ICTs.
Its multidisciplinary teams deliver solid expertise for applications ranging from sensors to data processing and computing solutions, leveraging world-class pre-industrialization facilities.
CEA-Leti builds long-term relationships with its industrial partners - global companies, SMEs and startups - and actively supports the launch of technology startups.

Fraunhofer ENAS
The Fraunhofer Institute for Electronic Nano Systems ENAS, located in Chemnitz, Germany, is one of 76 research institutes in the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. Fraunhofer ENAS is the expert and development partner in the field of smart systems and their integration for a wide range of applications. We offer innovative solutions and accompany customer projects along the complete value chain of smart systems. From the idea to the design, technology development or implementation based on existing technologies to the tested prototype and technology transfer, Fraunhofer ENAS is a reliable innovation partner for start-ups, SMEs or large enterprises. In addition to technology development as well as smart sensor systems, the institute increasingly focuses on building application demonstrators in the context of upstream product development. We develop high-performance sensors, new sensor and actuator systems based on integrated nanostructures and standard technologies, beyond-CMOS components, novel integration technologies, advanced reliability concepts. Moreover, we complete these topics by innovative developments in the fields of simulation, data analyses by means of artificial intelligence and security of systems. Through requirement engineering, we adapt the systems for different applications and embed them into higher-level more complex systems.

Integrated Circuit Design Reserach & Education Center (ICDREC)
ICDREC, established in 2005 in Vietnam National University - Ho Chi Minh (VNU-HCM) , is the first and only full-fledged research and development unit that has the capability of successfully designing a variety of digital/analog IC chips as well as MEMS sensors, and at the same time, to apply these chips and sensors in creating various application equipment/systems to contribute to the development of the electronics industry of Vietnam.
Leading Microelectronics Research Institute for Industrial and Academic Collaboration.
Established in 1991, the Institute of Microelectronics (IME) is a research institute under Singapore's Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR). In IME, we focus on delivering high impact research and development for the global semiconductor industry. IME's role is to collaboratively develop and innovate next-generation technologies to enable a dynamic semiconductor ecosystem. Together with our highly skilled talent pool, we develop strategic competencies and innovative technologies through state-of-the-art infrastructure. IME's core research areas are in Advanced Packaging, Sensors & Actuators, mmWave and Wide-Bandgap technologies.
We will continue to shape the semiconductor industry's roadmap for many years to come.
We perform world-leading research in nano-electronics and create groundbreaking innovation in application domains such as healthcare, smart cities and mobility, logistics and manufacturing, and energy.
The combination of our widely acclaimed leadership in microchip technology and profound software and ICT expertise is what makes imec unique.
ITRI is a world-leading applied technology research institute with more than 6,000 outstanding employees. Its mission is to drive industrial development, create economic value, and enhance social well-being through technology R&D. Founded in 1973, it pioneered in IC development and started to nurture new tech ventures and deliver its R&D results to industries. ITRI has set up and incubated companies such as TSMC, UMC, Taiwan Mask Corp., Epistar Corp., Mirle Automation Corp., and Taiwan Biomaterial Co.
ITRI is dedicated to creating new value and identifying emerging demands for partners while facing global challenges and opportunities, such as urbanization, aging societies, new production and consumption patterns, climate change caused by global warming, and a post-COVID-19 era.

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IVAM is an international association of companies and institutes in the field of microtechnology.

IVAM is the communicative bridge between suppliers and users of microtechnology products and services. At present 165 companies and institutes from eight European countries, Korea, Japan and the United States are IVAM members.

IVAM Objectives

  • to bring innovations to market and create competitive advantages
    via technology marketing.
  • to work international markets and provide worldwide networking.
  • to provide lobbying services for small and medium-sized enterprises
    in the high-tech sector.


MANCEF was incorporated in December 2000 as a not-for-profit organization in Florida, USA.

MANCEF Objectives

  • To promote the exchange of knowledge and disseminate information that can accelerate the emergence of an effective economic basis for the future development of Micro and Nano-technology based industries
  • To produce conferences, educational training sessions, international trade shows, seminars and internet-based electronic forums focusing on Micro and Nanotechnology, including commercial and educational opportunities utilizing such technology
  • To solicit proposals that will promote the commercialization of Micro, Nano and other small emergent technologies

MEMS & Sensors Industry Group in U.S.A.

The MEMS & Sensors Industry Group (MSIG) is the premier trade association representing the MEMS and Microstructure industries. MSIG's goal is to:

  • enable the exchange of non-proprietary information among members
  • provide reliable industry data that furthers the development of technology
  • work with various groups to bring about the greater commercial development and use of MEMS and MEMS-enabled products

MIG strives to be the unifying voice of the commercial MEMS industry.

Mission Statement

MIG strives to be the unifying voice of the commercial MEMS industry. Our mission is to try to understand and to eliminate the barriers that prevent the greater commercial use of MEMS and MEMS-enabled technology.

In support of this mission, MIG provides its members with benefits and information previously unavailable to the industry. In addition to the annual Industry Report, members have access to the latest MIG-generated industry research and statistics on employment, revenue and markets. Linked together via the MIG Web site, members have instant, global visibility as thousands of unique customers, researchers, media and policymakers per month visit the site for information, industry news and trends.

Additionally, MIG provides two unique annual industry events: METRIC and the MEMS Executive Congress.  These events offer the opportunity to engage with peers in the MEMS industry in meaningful dialogue about technology and business, and how to harness both to move towards wider and more successful commercialization. 

National Nanotechnology Manufacturing Center (NNMC)

The US National Nanotechnology Manufacturing Center (NNMC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the development of a robust, sustainable nanomanufacturing infrastructure by leveraging existing manufacturing capabilities and supporting the creating of new capabilities when necessary. In the US, it is nationally-recognized as the valued resource for the commercialization and manufacture of nanotechnology, and development of industry standards and workplace safety procedures. The NNMC currently has a major focus in nanolithography utilizing a wide range of sophisticated developmental instruments and test hardware, including: a Nano-R2 atomic force microscope, PixDro and Dimatix industrial ink-jet printers, NanoInk NSCRIPTOR Enabling Dip Pen Nanolithography research platform, and a 2-camera, single laser, full-motion image quality measurement system.

Nano Technology Research Association was established on Dec. 12, 2001 under "the Act on Promotion of Industrial Technology Association", to develop the fundamental technology in the area of NT, and to play a role in facilitating the industrialization and new industry and securing national competitive edge while gradually/systematically constructing the cooperation system between industry, academy, research institute and government area.

Russian MEMS Association (RAMEMS)
Russian MEMS Association was founded in June 2010. It is the leading organization in Russia, which specializes in microsystems only. 

RAMEMS was created as a body which was aimed to support MEMS business in Russia and develop the relationship with foreign partners.
RAMEMS promotes MEMS tendency by making e-newsletters, holding MEMS Forums, which are considered to be the main industry events in Russia, developing international cooperation between MEMS research centers, manufacturers and users, commercializing our partners’ technologies, creating an effective informational field aimed at revitalizing Russian companies output and development, and contributing to new jobs and and wealth .

The bridge function between foreign and Russian partners is still a core aspect of the company, and RAMEMS has continuously adapted its great experience gained from effective cooperation with MEMS-leading organizations all over the world to the needs of the domestic MEMS industry.

Now RAMEMS offers various technologies, products and trainings for all steps of MEMS-components and systems production, from market research and component modeling to making a turn-key solution.

-To be recognized as a leading 8 core R&D Center in Vietnam, playing leading role in research and development in hi-tech areas.
-Products form R&D results at SHTP Labs contribute to substantial growth of Vietnamese hi-tech industries.
-SHTP Labs is a business unit under Saigon Hi-Tech Park, which was launched to serve the mission of carrying out scientific research and technological development in Vietnam.

The Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech) develops high-value manufacturing technology and human capital to enhance the competitiveness of Singapore's manufacturing industry. It collaborates with various multinational and local companies in the precision engineering, medtech, aerospace, automotive, marine, oil & gas, electronics, semiconductor, logistics, and other sectors.

SUFRAMA (Portuguese) (English commentary)
Superintendency of the Manaus Free Zone, is an agency of the Brazilian Federal Public Administration under the Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade - MDIC - whose purpose is to manage and control the tax incentives granted to companies established in the Manaus Free Zone, as well as promoting development strategies for the Amazonia Occidental to assume the role of investment promotion agency.

UC Berkley, BSAC
The Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center (BSAC) began in 1986 as a National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC). BSAC was organized as an NSF Center to develop a science, engineering, and technology base for microsensors, microactuators, and microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). Here, the repeated appearance of the word "micro" underlies a fundamental tenet in the BSAC vision: That miniaturization in any physical domain, be it electrical, mechanical, chemical, or biological, begets compelling performance benefits. In 1998, BSAC expanded to a multi-campus NSF I/UCRC with the addition of UC Davis, a major campus of the University of California 60 miles from UC Berkeley. BSAC became a graduated NSF I/UCRC center in 2008, after which it no longer received NSF funding but rather continues entirely under industry member support.

VTT is one of Europe's leading research institutions. We are owned by the Finnish state. We advance the utilisation and commercialisation of research and technology in commerce and society. Through scientific and technological means, we turn large global challenges into sustainable growth for businesses and society. We bring together people, business, science and technology to solve the biggest challenges of our time. This is how we create sustainable growth, jobs and wellbeing and bring exponential hope.

The mission of the Center for Wireless Integrated MicroSensing and Systems (WIMS2) at the University of Michigan is to advance the investigation, development, and application of sensor-enabled microsystems through basic research, education, and interactions with industry. Created in 2000 with support from the National Science Foundation, the Center brings together research in core technologies (such as MEMS, micropower circuits, and RF technology) to facilitate microsystems for healthcare, environmental monitoring, and infrastructure monitoring. The collaborative, multi-disciplinary research environment within WIMS2 provides a unique opportunity for system-level investigation of challenging research problems.

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