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Imec is backing off from China

Paul van Gerven
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Imec has “drastically” scaled back its engagements with Chinese partners, the Flemish Economy Ministry, which oversees the research center, told Politico. Previously, Flanders’ Economy Minister Jo Brouns said that Imec had to “focus mainly on like-minded countries.” Imec commented that it had “refined” its China policies to reflect global geopolitical developments.

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The report comes as no surprise as key semiconductor players around the world – ie partners and customers of Imec – have been forced to back off from China following US government pressure. Additionally, the research center is vying for a share of Chips Act funding being doled out, to which governments will likely attach conditions.

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