Kyoto targets drive electronics business
European manufacturers can create value and win back wealth-generating businesses in energy efficient automotive projects, writes Lee Burtelson, v-p marketing, TT electronics components division.
Throughout Europe consumers continue to place tough demands for better personal transportation, in particular calling for vehicles that offer improved fuel economy to reduce running costs and CO2 emissions, and also better safety.
These are areas which benefit from advanced electronics technologies such as power modules for turbocharger intercooling and oil mist separation, engine cooling and exhaust after-treatment for greater energy efficiency and emissions reduction.
While considering the impact of electronics in advanced transportation, the current success of e-mobility solutions in the form of e-scooters, trucks and tractors in Europe is providing a valuable proving ground for high-performance traction drives.
Green energy is another area driving growth in Europe, propelled both by rising gas and electricity prices and consumer belief in the green principles.
Although Europe’s governments are trying to cut back on their expenditure generally, they are likely to continue offering financial incentives for solar and wind generation as they face pressure to meet Kyoto commitments.
Smart metering is a key aspect of the green energy revolution, and is critically dependent on new electronics technologies and techniques. Standard meters need to be changed to smart meters to meet European legislation.
Generally, European manufacturers have managed quite successfully to hold on to some of the higher value, high-tech aspects of electronics manufacturing, in sectors such as aerospace and high-reliability systems where we see growth from satellite manufacturers as well as hybrid microcircuit and power switching solutions for the oil and gas industry.
Continuing to develop technology and products that help customers meet their customers’ needs for energy savings and safety will continue to provide avenues for European manufacturers to create value.