Semiconductor process control company KLA Corp. (Milpitas, Calif.) is planning to spend more than US$100 million to build an R&D and manufacturing facility for the SPTS division in Newport, Wales.
The investment will create a 200,000 square foot facility with offices, cleanrooms, storage and support facilities and accommodate up to 750 employees. The innovation center will provide over 25,000 square feet of cleanrooms for R&D and more than 35,000 square feet of bespoke manufacturing assembly halls. The building is due to be completed early in 2025.
“We are investing in the new site to support SPTS’s growth and to establish additional facilities for the wider KLA European organization,” said Oreste Donzella, executive vice president of the Electronics, Packaging and Components (EPC) Group, at KLA. “Expanding in South Wales allows us to tap into the region’s attractive talent pool and benefits from an appealing quality of life with access to many international sporting events, historic parks and outdoor activities. This area is also home to some of UK’s leading universities and research institutes with strong semiconductor competencies and industry ties for collaborative research.”
Rick Wallace, CEO of KLA Corp., said the expansion would build on expertise in advance packaging and compound semiconductor processing technologies.
Welsh Government Economy Minister, Vaughan Gething, said: “We will continue to support and grow Wales’ semiconductor cluster and to ensure we are maximizing the regional and global opportunities of this cutting-edge technology.”
A ground-breaking event to mark the commencement of the development is planned for October 5, 2022.
Orbotech bought SPTS Ltd. from private equity backers in 2014 and was itself bought by KLA Corp. in 2019.
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