Bosch opens €350m semiconductor test plant in Malaysia

Bosch opens €350m semiconductor test plant in Malaysia

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By Nick Flaherty

The €65m investment in the Bosch plant of 18,000 square meters includes clean rooms, office space, and laboratories for quality assurance and manufacturing.

This will be followed a €285m expansion over the next few years to meet predicted demand for chips and sensors from the expansion of the Bosch fabs in Germany and Malaysia.

The site has 100,000 square meters of land available in Penang and is now Bosch’s largest location in Southeast Asia.

“With our new semiconductor test center in Penang, we are creating additional capacity within our worldwide manufacturing network to meet the continued high demand for chips and sensors,” said Dr. Stefan Hartung, chairman of the Bosch board of management. “Semiconductors are a decisive success factor for all Bosch business areas, and the expansion of this business is strategically very important.”

“The new test centre in Penang brings our manufacturing network closer to the companies that serve the further value chain of semiconductor manufacturing as well as to customers in this important Asian market. That shortens delivery times and routes, and it improves our competitiveness,” says Dr. Markus Heyn, member of the Bosch board of management and chairman of the Mobility business sector.

“Our new test centre in Penang completes our internal process chain, especially for semiconductors from Dresden,” Heyn says.

Bosch currently carries out most of the final testing of its semiconductors in Reutlingen, Germany; Suzhou, China; and Hatvan, Hungary.

Over the next three years, the company plans to invest some three billion euros in Dresden and Reutlingen, both as part of its own investment plan and under the auspices of the European IPCEI ME/CT (“Important Project of Common European Interest on Microelectronics and Communication Technologies”) funding program.

Following its expected acquisition of part of the business of TSI Semiconductors, based in Roseville, California, which is expected before the end of the year, Bosch plans to invest roughly an additional 1.4 billion euros in retooling the fab to support the latest manufacturing processes for silicon carbide semiconductors.


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