ON Semi ramps East Fishkill fab for Covid-19 recovery

August 13, 2020 //By Nick Flaherty
ON Semiconductor is ramping production at its 300mm fab in New York for the Covid-19 recovery
ON Semiconductor is ramping production at its 300mm fab in New York for the Covid-19 recovery as it looks to sell a Japanese fab

ON Semiconductor is ramping production at its 300mm fab in East Fishkill, New York, as it sees a bounce from the Covid-19 pandemic.

“During the second quarter, we started our first 300mm wafer production at the East Fishkill fab. We are currently sampling our 300mm products to customers, and we expect to recognize our first 300-millimeter revenue in the third quarter,” said Keith Jackson, CEO of ON Semiconductor. “We are very pleased with our accelerated progress in ramping our 300-millimeter manufacturing processes. The yields have been spectacular and we expect to see a meaningful positive impact on our gross margins as our 300-millimeter manufacturing ramps up in the coming years.”

The 300mm fab, bought from GlobalFoundries, can produce 20 percent of the company’s business, around $1.1bn, and the focus for moving production from other fabs.

This comes as the company looks to sell its plant in Niigata, Japan, that it acquired from Sanyo, and follows a similar deal for its fab in Oudenaarde, Belgium announced in February

Like the former AMI fab, the Niigata facility is an automotive qualified facility which meets the IATF 16949 global industry standard for quality management. The two co-located 200mm-capable wafer fabs have 215,000 square feet of clean room space on a 40 acre campus with 1.1 million square feet of building space acquired from Sanyo.

ON Semi says it remains committed to growing its presence in Japan, adding a large eight-inch wafer fab in Aizu to its manufacturing footprint.

“This announcement comes on the heels of our announcement in February regarding our plan to transition production from our 6-inch automotive-centric fab in Belgium,” said Jackson. “Our 300mm manufacturing capability in the East Fishkill fab has afforded us significant flexibility which has enabled us to optimize our network."

Revenues for the second quarter of 2020 were $1.21bn, down 10 percent on Q2 2019 and down 5 percent on the previous quarter as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. "Despite disruption

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The fab at East Fishkill, New York

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