In February 2016, iMinds announced that its Board of Directors had approved the intention to merge with imec, the nanoelectronics research center. The merger is set to result in the creation of a new world-class, high-tech research center for the digital economy.
The new research center will fuse the technology and systems expertise of more than 2,500 imec researchers worldwide with the sophisticated digital competencies of some 1,000 iMinds researchers from over 50 nationalities. This high-tech research center will further strengthen Flanders’ authority as technology epicenter and region focused on creating a sustainable digital future, whilst targeting maximum regional impact.
Current status & next steps
- Both organizations are currently completing a due diligence process, with a view of finalizing the merger agreement by June 2016.
- Operational cooperation between both organizations is being intensified, for example as part of iMinds’ ICON call (Submission deadline September 2016).