Integra Technologies to build giant chip packaging plant in Kansas

Integra Technologies to build giant chip packaging plant in Kansas

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By Nick Flaherty

Integra Technologies plans to build the largest packaging plant in the US in Kansas with support from the US government.

The $1.8bn plant will have 1m sq feet and create 2000 jobs over the next five years but depends on funding from the US government CHIPS Act. It has already agreed $304m with the state government, say reports.

Integra is already the largest US Outsourced Semiconductor Assembly and Test (OSAT), packaging chips for over 500 customers including US military and space programmes with test, qualification and other services.

The company expects to be able to announce the location within the Wichita region soon, pending a review of technical and site details related to properties under final consideration.

Packaging and test is a key part of the semiconductor supply chain and an area that is dominated by suppliers in Asia. There is potential support for new plants under both the US and the EU CHIPS Acts.

“We are analyzing the final aspects of our space needs for this state-of-the-art solar-powered facility, and as soon as we’ve finished the last analysis, we will announce the site and begin working on the next step in the process to work with local leadership on the support needed for the CHIPS application,” said Brett Robinson, CEO of Integra.

Founded in Wichita, Kansas, 40 years ago, Integra is an employee-owned company (ESOP) with operations in Wichita and Silicon Valley, the company also has customers from other critical infrastructure sectors such as aerospace, medical, aviation, automotive, commercial and industrial.

“The semiconductors we work on are in multiple space applications, such as the Mars Rover and Hubble Telescope; more than 100 Department of Defense programs of record; as well as commercial applications that power everyday life,” said Robinson.

Packaging demand 

“We have done extensive planning for this expansion because we anticipated the increasing need for our services,” Robinson said. “With Kansas’ and the Wichita region’s support, we have the thorough plans, long-term experience and proven record to grow our country’s share of this important market.”

“Kansas is stepping up to help resolve a national security crisis by playing a key role in reshoring semiconductor production,” said Laura Kelly, governor of Kansas. “Our deliberate efforts to diversify the state economy since my administration began four years ago has prepared us for this moment. Partnering with Integra will secure Kansas’ rightful position as a global leader in the semiconductor sector.”

The company will be hiring engineers, technical positions, and all the professional positions required for expanding its corporate headquarters, including sales, human resources, finance and more.

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