Start of New .9B Facility in Singapore by Wafer Producer, Potential Increase in Hiring

German semiconductor materials supplier Siltronic has officially launched a state-of-the-art production facility in Singapore, investing a whopping .9 billion in the new plant. The 150,000-square-meter factory located in Tampines is Siltronic’s third facility in Singapore and specializes in manufacturing silicon wafers for semiconductors used in a wide range of applications like mobile devices, electric cars, and data centers.

The plant is set to produce up to 100,000 wafers per month by the end of 2024 and is equipped with Singapore’s first silicon wafer epitaxy capabilities. Epitaxy, a process that enhances the electrical conductivity of wafers, is a significant advancement in the production of semiconductors. Currently, the facility employs 300 individuals, but that number is expected to double to 600 by 2028, with job opportunities ranging from engineering roles to IT specialists.

During the unveiling event on June 12, Siltronic’s Chief Executive Michael Heckmeier emphasized the role of artificial intelligence (AI) and digitalization in driving the growing demand for semiconductors. He praised Singapore’s strategic location for its proximity to consumers, robust workforce, and reliable infrastructure, making it an ideal base for the company’s operations. Dr. Heckmeier also mentioned plans for additional investments in the facility in the coming years.

Siltronic’s presence in Singapore dates back to 1997 when it started manufacturing 200mm wafers followed by a partnership with Samsung in 2006 to produce 300mm wafers at a second facility. The new factory will continue the production of 300mm wafers, aligning with the industry’s advancements and demands. Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat highlighted the importance of semiconductors in the digital and green revolutions, emphasizing their role in driving technological breakthroughs and sustainable innovations.

DPM Heng stressed the significance of semiconductor technology in building a smarter, safer, greener, and healthier world, stating that advanced chips are crucial for applications like quantum computing, AI development, and green technologies. He underscored the crucial role of partnerships in enhancing semiconductor supply chains and contributing to economic growth and job creation. The global semiconductor sales reached approximately US0 billion in 2023 and are projected to hit the US trillion mark by 2030, with Singapore’s semiconductor industry accounting for around 25% of the total industrial value added.

The establishment of Siltronic’s cutting-edge production facility in Singapore marks a significant milestone in the semiconductor industry, reflecting the country’s pivotal position in driving technological advancements and economic growth through innovation and strategic partnerships.