German Chancellor Angela Merkel visits state-of-the-art chip manufacturing plant of Infineon Dresden
Dresden, July 14, 2015 – German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel visited Infineon Technologies Dresden GmbH today as part of her tour through the Dresden microelectronics cluster. She was accompanied by the Federal Minister of Education and Research Prof. Dr. Johanna Wanka and the Prime Minister of Saxony Stanislaw Tillich. Together with Dr. Reinhard Ploss, CEO of Infineon Technologies AG, they discussed the political framework for a competitive development and production in Germany.
Reinhard Ploss stressed: “Our investments in research, development, and production guarantees our competitive position and, with that, our success for tomorrow. The constant innovation success and growth of Infineon's Dresden site demonstrably proves it. The integration of Infineon into Silicon Saxony and the conducive political conditions here are very helpful,” said Ploss.
Infineon runs its largest and most modern manufacturing and technology development center in Dresden with roughly 2,000 employees. The Chancellor was given a view into a real up and running Industrial 4.0 production via a live broadcast into the factory. This allowed her to exchange ideas directly with the company's employees. The visit was rounded off by a demonstration in the Analysis and Characterization Laboratory, in which the chip structures can be examined via transmission electron microscope down to the atomic layer level.
In the past five years, Infineon has invested around €600 million in Dresden. On the one hand, the funds were allocated to the manufacturing of 200mm silicon wafers. Today, that production is the most highly automated 200mm production anywhere in the world. And on the other, Infineon is currently building the world's first high-volume production of power semiconductors on 300mm thin wafers in Dresden. The semiconductor manufacturer is also planning on investing several hundred million euros in the coming years.
Infineon Technologies AG is a world leader in semiconductors. Infineon offers products and system solutions addressing three central challenges to modern society: energy efficiency, mobility, and security. In the 2014 fiscal year (ending September 30), the company reported sales of Euro 4.3 billion with about 29,800 employees worldwide. In January 2015, Infineon acquired US-based International Rectifier Corporation, a leading provider of power management technology, with revenues of USD 1.1 billion (fiscal year 2014 ending June 29) and approximately 4,200 employees.
Infineon is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (ticker symbol: IFX) and in the USA on the over-the-counter market OTCQX International Premier (ticker symbol: IFNNY).
CEO Reinhard Ploss explains German Chancellor Angela Merkel the structure of a power chip on a 300mm thinwafer F.l.t.r: Dr. Reinhard Ploss (CEO Infineon Technologies AG), Stanislaw Tillich (Prime Minister of Saxony), Dr. Angela Merkel (Chancellor of Germany), Prof. Dr. Johanna Wanka (Federal Minister of Education and Research), Infineon employee.BK-Dr-Merkel-Labor-Dresden
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