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X-Fab invests in Malaysian wafer fab

Posted: 19 Nov 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:X-Fab Silicon Foundries? wafer fab? More-than-Moore?

X-Fab Silicon Foundries SE has revealed that it will invest $114 million in its wafer fab in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia to meet demand for 0.18?m and 0.35?m manufacturing. The state of Sarawak is a major shareholder in the More-than-Moore chipmaker and so has an interest in the success of the company and of its Asian wafer fab.

The investment will be made between 2015 and 2017 and includes capital expenditure of about $29 million being made in the current year. Revenue from the Sarawak wafer fab has grown 25 per cent for each of the past two years and similar growth is expected for the next two years, making the investment necessary, X-Fab indicated.

Sarawak has been in a shareholder in X-Fab since the company took over the Kuching wafer fab through a merger of 1st Silicon (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. and X-Fab Semiconductor Foundries AG in 2006. The site now produces analogue and mixed-signal circuits for use in automotive, industrial and medical applications.

Sarawak, Malaysia

The More-than-Moore chipmaker will invest $114 million in its wafer fab in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia.

"X-Fab's operation in Sarawak has been driving the growth of local economy. They are employing more than 1,000 staff where more than 80 per cent of them are considered to be high-income earners. We believe that this expansion will act as a catalyst in attracting other high technology firms to establish their operations in Malaysia as they will be able to leverage on the wafer fabrication services provided by X-FAB, " said Dato' Sri Mustapa Mohamed, Minister of International Trade and Industry.

"The State of Sarawak as a major shareholder is very satisfied with the recent development of both the X-FAB Group and, more specifically, the profitable growth of X-Fab Sarawak, said Dato' Seri Tarmizi Hj. Sulaiman, chair of the board of X-Fab Silicon Foundries SE.

Rudi De Winter, CEO of X-Fab said that in 2016 he expected production at X-Fab Sarawak to be responsible for more than 50 per cent of the group's total revenue for the first time.

- Peter Clarke
??EE Times Europe

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