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NXP to close a German facility, open lab in China

Posted: 27 Mar 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Global TV lab? TV signal testing? Digital TV standard? NXP Semiconductors?

NXP Semiconductors announced plans to close its manufacturing facility in Boeblingen, Germany by the end of 2007, transferring the majority of the production load to its factories in Nijmegen and Hamburg.

The decision was taken against the backdrop of a low production load, which was reduced by an additional 30 percent as a result of the recent withdrawal of the company from two underperforming businesses. The move of production to Nijmegen and Hamburg will assure continuity of supply to customers, reduce the European cost base and raise the overall productivity and efficiency by further improving the economy of scale within these two sites.

"This step is not an easy one but inevitable in light of the current and expected economic situation of this factory. We thoroughly evaluated all options within the international NXP environment and looked at new processes, products and partnership options. Unfortunately, no alternatives were found to be realistic or economically viable," explained Dr. Volker Kuckhermann, NXP general manager in Germany.

The German NXP organization will continue to be an important hub in NXP's global operations with innovation centers in Hamburg, Nuremberg and Dresden contributing to the international research and development activities. Hamburg, the headquarters of the German operations with more than 2,400 employees, is also the strategic center of the company's automotive, identification and standard-application discretes activities.

In a separate announcement, NXP opened its Global TV Signal Testing Lab in Suzhou, China to facilitate and fulfill Asia customers' high demand for Global TV signal testing. The lab has been equipped to accommodate both analog and digital signal testing. Capable of standards such as ATSC, DVB-T/C/S and J83B, the lab enables customers to pre-test their NXP solution-based products in one single site prior to commencing volume production.

"Greater China has become the world's largest TV manufacture base. We see real demand from our customers for extensive TV signal testing, both analog as well as digital," said Alun Jones, NXP BU home regional marketing manager, Greater China.

NXP's Global TV Signal Testing Lab is a computer controlled test environment that can generate all kinds of non-ideal RF and AV signals for analog and digital TVs or STBs. The company is also planning to include Chinese Terrestrial Digital TV Standards (CDMB-T & ADTB-T) compliant testing in 2008 in its Suzhou lab.

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