Infineon Technologies AG (FSE: IFX / OTCQX: IFNNY) today announced the set-up of its second factory in Wuxi, on the occasion of its 20th anniversary of operation in China. The new factory is scheduled for rollout at the end of 2016. It comprises a total investment of nearly USD 300 million, engaging an area of 36,000 square meters. An addition of about 2,500 jobs is anticipated upon ramp-up of all the production lines. “Infineon’s new factory will foster further expansion in China, building on the experience of two decades in the country,” said Dr. Reinhard Ploss, CEO of Infineon Technologies AG. “It highlights Infineon’s confidence in the continuous opportunities of the Chinese market as well as our commitment to substantial investment in China and our determination to support the ‘In China, For China’ strategy”.
Already today, the company’s factories in China design, develop, manufacture and assemble a broad range of electronic components and power discrete products. They are used in automotive, industrial, power management and security card applications. As a leading semiconductor manufacturer, it is Infineon’s ambition to make life easier, safer and greener. Its products and services cover the areas of smart mobility, energy efficiency, smart home and smart city; the demand for tailored solutions is rising in China and even across the world. The new factory will further give play to Infineon’s unique expertise in smart factory to provide demonstration and consulting services for local partners such as manufacturers and integrators of production systems, thus supporting the transformation of the local manufacturing industry towards smart production.
Since the rollout of the “Made in China 2025” strategy, Infineon has been strongly supporting China’s ambition to become a leading manufacturing power, through in-depth cooperation with local partners and by virtue of its leading semiconductor technologies. The company is a member of the German Industry 4.0 Council. It now operates a few of the most sophisticated wafer fabs in the world, and has realized secure smart production at its assembly and test factories. These include the cutting-edge technology implemented in Wuxi, which provides the model for a paradigm shift within the local manufacturing industry.
Infineon also focuses on the Internet of Things (IoT) identified as a catalyst for economic growth in China and around the world. Recognized as the “IoT pilot city of China”, Wuxi has unique advantages in IoT-related research and applications. Infineon has established and is maintaining a long-term partnership with the Wuxi-based Internet of Things Research and Development Center of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and provides one of the ten IoT reference cases in the city with its IoT-enabled facility. The new factory in Wuxi will leverage Infineon’s proven expertise in sensing, security, power and micro-control, thus enhancing the connection between IoT and manufacturing – a forceful driver of the industry’s smart transformation.