Infineon Expands in Portugal - Memory Chip Assembly and Testing Facility Enlarged at Cost of Euro 230 Million - Creating about 500 New Jobs in Porto
The need to expand assembly and testing capacities arose because Infineon is steadily expanding its frontend capacities, for example with the successful ramp-up of the 300mm fab in Dresden, Germany, and with the planned start up of the 300mm production module in Richmond, USA, as well as enlarging its product portfolio. Up to 600 million chips per year are planned as the maximum capacity when the new module in Porto is completed, which means that current capacity will be more than doubled as a result of the expansion. The first module has around 5,000 m 2 of cleanroom area and the second about 7,000 m 2, making it as large as a soccer pitch.
The expansion of our production in Portugal symbolizes the competitiveness of Europe and especially Portugal, evidenced by very well-qualified employees and an exceptional manufacturing performance at our Porto backend facility, said Dr. Michael Majerus, Chief Financial Officer of the Memory Products Group. When we have reached full capacity in Porto, about 30 to 40 percent of our global memory chip production will be assembled and tested here.
Building work on the second module began in fall 2003 and the ready-for-equipment milestone was reached in April 2004. Volume production got going with the production of 256-Mbit devices in BGA packages. Maximum capacity is scheduled to be reached in mid-2006. Most of the wafers arriving for further processing at the plant come from Dresden, Germany, and Richmond, USA. The expanded Porto site, like the Malacca fab in Malaysia and the plant currently under construction in Suzhou in China, is one of Infineons high-volume backend facilities for memory products.
About the backend processChip production is divided into two processes. In the frontend, complex processes are applied to produce the chips on the silicon wafers, while in the backend the silicon wafers containing the finished chips are diced and the chips assembled in the package and tested. The resulting components enable simple mounting of the chips on printed circuit boards.
About Infineon in PortugalThe memory chip assembly and test plant was founded in 1996 in Vila do Conde, near Porto. Around 1,000 people are currently employed at the facility. Initial investment in the existing first module amounted to Euro 330 million of which Euro 140 million are used for modernizing the plant between mid-2000 and mid-2003. Together with the Euro 230 million for the expansion of the site, Infineon has invested a total of Euro 560 million at the Porto location.
Dr. Michael Majerus at the opening on June 16, 2004Dr. Michael Majerus, Chief Financial Officer of the Memory Products Group
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Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Manuel Durao Barroso at the opening on June 16, 2004Jose Manuel Durao Barroso, Portuguese Prime Minister
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Infineon Expands in Portugal - Memory Chip Assembly and Testing Facility Enlarged at Cost of Euro 230 Million - Creating about 500 New Jobs in PortoMemory Chip Assembly and Testing Facility Porto
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