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Osram Malaysia LED fab starts full production

Posted: 15 Dec 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Osram Opto Semiconductors has completed the installation at its LED chip production plant in Penang, Malaysia. Two years after the ground-breaking ceremony in July 2007, the last installation work is complete and the test phase successfully concluded.

Claimed to be the world's most modern LED chip production plant, the fab is now set to run at full speed. The fab makes the German company the first LED manufacturer with high-volume chip production facilities in Europe and Asia. It complements the main facility in Germany, which was expanded in 2008. Having both manufacturing facilities enables the company to respond flexibly to the demand for top quality LEDs at competitive prices in the improving LED market.

The company invested tens of millions of euros in the 35,000m? facility, which has created 220 new jobs in the area. The 4-inch wafer-based indium gallium nitride semiconductor LED chips now being produced are expected to become the core products in the lighting systems of the future. They form the basis for the blue, green and white LEDs primarily used in architecture and general lighting, for display backlighting and in mobile terminal devices. Osram employs around 2,600 of its total worldwide workforce of 4,400 at the Malaysian facility.

R�diger M�ller, CEO of Osram stated, "There is no question that the rise of the LED, which has only just begun, is set to sky-rocket in the coming years. This is why we are pursuing our investment and expansion course consistently and uncompromisingly, even in this difficult economic environment. With our production facilities in Germany and Malaysia, we are now in an ideal starting position in terms of quantity and quality. Regensburg, and now Penang, too, has become the most important global centers of LED technology."

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