Infineon Technologies AG, the German semiconductors has announced it will be investing €1.6bn (US$1.88bn) into a new factory in Villach, Austria.
The site will be a fully automated chip facility, used to produce 300mm thin wafers.
The power semiconductor factory will be located next to Infineon’s existing facility in Austria.
The project is expected to create 400 jobs, with construction launching in the first half of 2019 and the site becoming operational by 2021.
“Global demand for power semiconductors is soaring,” remarked the CEO of Infineon, Dr Reinhard Ploss.
“As the market and technology leader, Infineon is particularly sought-after by customers and is even growing more strongly than the market.”
“Growth is underpinned by global megatrends such as climate change, demographic change and increasing digitization.”
“Electric vehicles, connected and battery-powered devices, data centers or power generation from renewable sources require efficient and reliable power semiconductors.”
The sales potential from the factory is anticipated to reach €1.8bn ($2.11bn) annually.
“We recognized that trend early on and so are rapidly expanding production capacities for 300-millimeter technology at our Dresden location,” Ploss continued.
“The new facility at Villach will help us cater for the growing demand that our customers anticipate, and continue on our path to success in the coming decade.”
“Backed by the unique expertise we have built at our locations in Europe, we as a global company can strengthen our position on the world market long term.”