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Bosch opens EUR1bn Dresden chip plant
Bosch has opened a EUR1bn (US$1.2bn) wafer fab facility within the East German metropolis of Dresden.
Within the digital presence of German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, EU Fee VP, Margrethe Vestager and Saxony Minister-President, Michael Kretschmer, the manufacturing unit was formally inaugurated on 7 June.
“The brand new Bosch wafer fab will enhance our capability in microelectronics,” mentioned Merkel. “Microelectronics is the idea for almost each promising know-how, for purposes of synthetic intelligence, for quantum computing and for automated and linked driving; which can be a Bosch specialty.
“The brand new wafer fab is the one largest funding within the firm’s historical past. This can’t be burdened an excessive amount of. Its measurement and extra manufacturing capability alone are spectacular. The very newest strategies of data-driven steady enchancment in manufacturing make the Dresden plant a sensible manufacturing unit. To place it one other means: on this plant, pure and synthetic intelligence have joined forces with the web of issues to kind a productive symbiosis.”
For her half, Vestager added: “The know-how showcased on the new Dresden wafer fab is a superb instance of what private and non-private European actors can obtain after they be a part of their efforts.
“Semiconductors will contribute to the event of industries like transportation, manufacturing, clear vitality, and healthcare; the place Europe excels. It should assist strengthen Europe’s competitiveness as a cradle for cutting-edge improvements.”
Bosch chairman, Volkmar Denner, famous: “For Bosch, semiconductors are a core know-how and it’s strategically vital to develop and manufacture them ourselves. In Dresden, with the assistance of synthetic intelligence, we are going to take semiconductor manufacturing to the following stage.
“That is our first AIoT manufacturing unit: absolutely linked, data-driven, and self-optimising proper from the beginning.” Bosch is investing roughly EUR1bn (US$1.2bn) on this high-tech location. That is the most important single funding within the firm’s greater than 130-year historical past.”
Manufacturing in Dresden will begin as early as July – six months sooner than deliberate. From that point on, semiconductors made within the new plant will probably be put in in Bosch energy instruments. For automotive clients, chip manufacturing will begin in September and three months sooner than deliberate.
Straight and not directly, it means many new jobs in an enormous development trade. On 72,000 sq. metres of flooring house, 250 individuals are already working within the wafer fab in Saxony’s State capital.
Worker numbers are resulting from develop to round 700 as soon as building work has been accomplished.