Setting the course for a future with power
Will Villach become Europe's memory capital?
After more than ten years at the helm of Siemens Bauelemente OHG, Wolfgang Spalek left the company on 10 October 10 and was succeeded by Paolo Petronio. Spalek's idea of moving away from the volatile memory business was consistently pursued by the new site manager, and by the end of 1986 the share of memory products in Villach production had already fallen from 60 % to 40 %. The group management in Munich also supported this development and announced that it would invest around ATS 4 billion in Carinthia by the end of the decade.
EZM also prepared for a future with power semiconductors. On October 7, 1986, ground was broken for a new research building at the Villach site, today's Building 2. 100 additional R&D workplaces were to be created there within a year for the development of gate arrays and standard cells in CMOS technology.
The Villach site in 19851985_Villach_H15_2_120x80x300
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Wolfgang Spalek (left) hands over the keys to the plant to his successor, Paolo Petronio (right).spalek-petronio
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Laying the foundation stone for the new research building on 07 October 1986spatenstich-b2
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