AMS opens Singapore site under $200 million plan

September 29, 2017 // By Peter Clarke
Mixed-signal IC and sensor company AMS AG (Premstaetten, Austria) has said it will open a clean room for the R&D and production of vertical cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) and micro-optic sensors in the Tampines suburb of Singapore.

The Tampines site joins the recently Ang Mo Kio site in Singapore and is part of a $200 million spend planned by AMS over the next three years. At the Tampines site AMS will manufacture optical sensors for mobile applications, presumably smartphones. AMS didn't give a timetable for the opening and running of the Tampines site which has been purpose-built by JTC nanoSpace @ Tampines to meet the needs of semiconductor-related manufacturing activities and is part of the way in which the Singapore Economic Development Board attracts and supports inward investors.

Singapore is the headquarters and manufacturing base of optical sensor packaging and module supplier Heptagon, which was acquired by AMS in January 2017 (see AMS to pay up to $850 million for optical business ). Heptagon's R&D base is in Rueschlikon, Switzerland and the company has time-of-flight depth-measuring by way of its acquisition of Mesa Imaging AG (Zurich, Switzerland) in 2014.

At the time of acquisition Heptagon was planning a spend of $250 million over 2016 and 2017. In May 2017 AMS announced a new manufacturing facility in Ang Mo Kio, which opened in July 2017. 

"Singapore is a vital part of AMS' R&D and manufacturing strategy. We are investing in differentiating technologies, advanced equipment and employees in the region, and we are committed to long-term operations in Singapore for our cutting-edge design and process technology," said Alexander Everke, CEO of AMS, in a statement.

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