onsemi $450m boost to European silicon carbide wafer plant

onsemi $450m boost to European silicon carbide wafer plant

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By Nick Flaherty

onsemi is expanding its silicon carbide (SiC) wafer plant in the Czech Republic with an investment of $450m over the next two years.

The expansion of the plant in Roznov will boost capacity of polished SiC and epitaxial wafers by a factor of 16 over the next two years and create 200 jobs by the end of 2024, says the company.

So far onsemi has invested more than $150 million on the expansion of the Roznov site and plans to spend an additional $300 million through 2023. This is to meet demand for SiC power devices for electric vehicles and renewable energy applications, key to the supply chain for European car makers. STMicroelectronics, Bosch, Infineon and Coherent (formerly II-VI) all produce SiC wafers in Europe.

The ribbon cutting ceremony (above) was led by Ministry of Industry and Trade Section Chief Zbyněk Pokorný, Governor of the Zlín Region, Radim Holiš and City Mayor Jiří Pavlica as well as other local governmental dignitaries.

“Together with our SiC boule production expansion in Hudson, NH, these increased SiC manufacturing capabilities enable onsemi to provide customers the critical supply assurance to meet the rapidly growing demand for SiC-based solutions,” said Simon Keeton, executive vice president and general manager Power Solutions Group at onsemi. “Full control over our SiC manufacturing supply chain and the market-leading efficiency of our products underscore onsemi’s progress toward SiC leadership.”

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