Infineon seeks buyer for Welsh wafer fab

May 06, 2015 // By Peter Clarke
Infineon Technologies AG (Munich, Germany) has told staff at the Newport Wales wafer fab that it has inherited as part of its acquisition of International Rectifier Corp. that they will seek a buyer for fab. That's according to a report in the South Wales Argus.

The report says that no redundancies are planned and that in the short-term work loads will increase as production is transferred from a former IR wafer fab in Singapore due to be closed down by the end of 2015.

The process of finding a buyer for the 200mm wafer diameter Newport fab, which employs 540 people, could take up to two-and-a-half years the report says staff were told. The wafer fab makes analog ICs and power semiconductors according to a recent International Rectifier description.

Infineon has sent out a letter to customers providing some information about what is happening at these manufacturing sites. The letter, which has been published on Infineon's website, says Infineon will continue with International Rectifier's strategy of transferring technologies to silicon foundries. It added that operations would continue at Newport until the end of calendar year 2017.

"The majority of technologies and products are already qualified in other manufacturing sites, further transfers are in progress and will be complemented by transfers into the major Infineon sites," the letter said.

The letter added that products manufactured at Singapore Techview are already qualified and in volume production at other sites. "We plan to ramp down the Singapore Techview manufacturing site by the end of calendar year 2015," the letter said.

It added that consolidation of sales offices had begunas well as the convergence of customer-facing information technology.

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