At the end of last week, the biggest investment in the company history of Robert Bosch GmbH is now official: until the end of 2019, the company is building a new semiconductor factory for 300 mm wafers at the Dresden site. Serial production starts two years later. Cost: Approximately one billion euros.
“Germany can be high-tech”
” Germany can be high-tech. “Explains Dirk Hoheisel, member of the Bosch management team. ” With the construction of the chip factory and the investment in the future technology, we are once again committed to Germany as a technology and business location. “Work on the new factory will start at the end of the year and be completed by the end of 2019. The start of production with 700 employees is planned for the end of 2021.
With the new factory and its 300 mm wafer technology, Bosch is aiming to meet the growing demand for semiconductors, which will be driven by the Group in the future in particular through the Smart Home, Smart City and Internet of Things segments. The company’s current semiconductor portfolio includes acceleration, rotation, mass flow, pressure and environmental sensors, as well as microphones, power semiconductors and ASICs for vehicle control systems
Reutlingen is busy
The existing production site in Reutlingen, Baden-Württemberg, already leaves 1.5 million ASICs as well as 4.0 million MEMS sensors based on 150- and 200-millimeter wafers. They are used, in particular, in vehicles and smartphones. On average, each new vehicle delivered in 2016 already contained nine semiconductors from Bosch, 75 percent of all smartphones rely on MEMS from the Group. In the next iPhone, Bosch is rumored to play an even greater role.
Subject to approval by the EU, the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology will contribute financially to the establishment and commissioning of the factory. The amount of the grant could not be known.
Dresden is Silicon Saxony
Since the German Unity, Dresden has developed into an important location for the German semiconductor industry. More than 300 companies with a total of 40,000 employees are organized in the “Silicon Saxony” trade association. The company’s largest companies include Globalfoundries (formerly AMD), Infineon and NXP Semiconductors.