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Nexperia Increases Global Power Semiconductor Production and R&D

Nexperia will be making significant additional global investments in manufacturing capacity and research and development during 2021. The new investments are in line with a growth strategy that last year saw Wingtech Technology, Nexperia’s parent company, commit $1.85 billion to building a new 300 mm (12-inch) power semiconductor wafer fab in Lingang, Shanghai. This factory, which will go live in 2022, will have an estimated annual output of 400,000 wafers.

Nexperia’s plans for this year include improving production efficiency and implementing new 200 mm technologies at its European wafer fabs in Hamburg/Germany and Manchester/UK. In Hamburg there will also be additional investment in new technology for wide bandgap semiconductor manufacturing. New product development will be supported with a commitment to an increased R&D investment to approximately 9 % of total sales. Nexperia recently opened new global R&D centers in Penang in Malaysia and Shanghai in China and expanded the existing R&D sites in Hong Kong, Hamburg and Manchester. The company will also enhance test and assembly capabilities at factories in Guangdong in China, Seremban in Malaysia and Cabuyao in the Philippines, including the implementation of advanced automation and system-in-package (SIP) capabilities. “Increased vehicle electrification, 5G communications, Industry 4.0 and the mainstream adoption of GaN-based designs will all drive increased demand for power semiconductors in 2021 and beyond. Since we ship more than 90 billion units annually, the additional global investment will ensure that we continue to provide the technology and manufacturing capacity needed to deliver products in volumes that support future demand,” said CEO Achim Kempe. “Since Wingtech’s acquisition of Nexperia in 2019 we have committed to ongoing investment to support ambitious growth plans and capitalize on the synergies between the two businesses. Followig and Shanghai we are continuing with investments that support our growth across the globe,” added Xuezheng Zhang (Wing), CEO of Wingtech and Nexperia. AS

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