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Singapore JV ramps 300mm wafer supply

Posted: 23 Jan 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:wafer? 300mm? fab? semicon fabs? semicon?

A billion dollar plant being built in Singapore by Germany's Wacker Chemie and Samsung is on track to begin churning out raw 300mm wafers in mid-2008, a senior Wacker executive said last week (Jan.19).

The facility, in which Wacker and Samsung will hold equal stakes, is expected to produce around 300,000 raw wafers per month and employ 800 when it hits full capacity in 2010, said Rudolf Staudigl, a member of Wacker's executive board overseeing the firm's Asian operations.

Staudigl said a "substantial" proportion of the fab's output would go to Samsung, but declined to provide more specific details. He dismissed concerns about the new facility conflicting with Samsung's existing joint venture in Korea with MEMC, one of Wacker's chief competitors in the wafer production arena.

"(The new) fab will focus on 300mm," he said. "This is where we're strong and this is where we can support Samsung. You can imagine that Samsung would not have entered into this joint venture if there wouldn't be a significant advantage in working with us."

The plant is one of several investments Wacker is making in the region, which now accounts for nearly one-third of its sales and boasts "by far" the company's best growth figures, Staudigl said.

Wacker currently has a technical center in Singapore to serve customers in the region, and is expanding its presence in China with a new pyrogenic silica plant that will begin production in the second half of this year. The company has also operated a 200mm wafer production site in Singapore since 1999.

- Jonathan Hopfner
EE Times

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