IMEC to site R&D fab in Malaga, Spain, say reports

IMEC to site R&D fab in Malaga, Spain, say reports

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By Peter Clarke

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Belgian research institute IMEC is going to open up a manufacturing facility – IMEC Fab 5 – in Malaga, Spain, according to politicians quoted by local publications.

Spanish Minister of Digital Transformation and Public Service, José Luis Escrivá said that IMEC has selected Malaga as its next location after signing an agreement in principle with the Spanish government in summer 2023 to establish itself in the country.

EuropaPress and other Spanish-language publications quoted Escrivá speaking at a visit to the ICT Research Center of the University of A Coruña, on January 22. “The second center (of IMEC) that is going to be created in Spain is going to be located in Malaga. In recent weeks we have been working very intensely and with very good collaboration with the Junta de Andalucía and with the Malaga City Council that the second IMEC plant in the world is installed there,” they report him saying.

IMEC conducts world-leading research into semiconductors from its base in Leuven, Belgium, but also has separate centers and co-locations in many places around the world.

Escrivá is reported saying the IMEC facilities in Malaga will be a “cutting-edge center for the design and prefabrication of the highest technology chips.”

Junta de Andalucia

The regional government, the Junta de Andalucia, is quoted in elCorreoGallego saying that the project, known as IMEC Fab 5, is expected to create 450 direct jobs in Malaga in a new building at the Malaga Techpark. The property includes about 32,000 square meters of buildable space on a plot of 46,000 square meters, the report added.

“Málaga is in luck because it is the city chosen by IMEC to host its second R&D&I manufacturing center in Europe,” elCorreoGallego quoted councillor Carolina España, saying.

Funds to support IMEC will come from the Spanish Ministry of Economy, Finance and European Funds and the Junta de Andalucia. However, the size of the funding, the scale of the subsidy and the timetable were not mentioned in the reports, which said the final conditions are still under negotiation.

IMEC declined to comment on the reports.

Escrivá also said that the government is still negotiating over the location of a chip substrate factory that Broadcom is expected to invest about €900 million in (see Broadcom to invest in Spanish chip program).

As a further addition EuropaPress reported that Escrivá has recently travelled to the US to meet leading players in the chip and microelectronics sector and that in those meetings several projects have been evaluated and that further significant operations could be coming to Spain.

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