Munich-based Wacker has introduced that it intends to put in a brand new manufacturing line for polysilicon-type semiconductors at its facility in Burghausen, Germany. The funding of €300 million ($324.4 million) will broaden the manufacturing capability of ultrapure polysilicon by greater than 50%.
Germany-based chemical producer Wacker Chemie has introduced plans to broaden semiconductor-grade polysilicon manufacturing capability at its facility in Burghausen, Germany.
The corporate plans to put in a brand new manufacturing line in early 2025, which may enhance manufacturing capability by greater than 50%.
It estimates that the capital funding will quantity to greater than €300 million ($324.4 million) and can create greater than 100 new jobs. A “giant” portion of the funding will probably be targeted on analysis and innovation to extend the purity of polysilicon via a brand new, extremely automated course of, Wacker mentioned in an announcement. This course of ought to permit semiconductors to fulfill the principles for small designs and enhance their energy.
Wacker acquired approval from the European Fee for funding the R&D undertaking. If the German Ministry of Financial Affairs and Local weather Safety additionally approves the appliance, the corporate expects to obtain as much as €46 million in funding.
“As the one European producer of ultrapure polysilicon, we’re proud to make an vital contribution to strengthening the European microelectronics provide chain with this undertaking,” mentioned Wacker CEO Christian Hartel. “By increasing our floor cleansing capability, we’re creating the mandatory situations for assembly the continued fast-growing wants of our semiconductor prospects. Because of this funding, we will additionally deliver the standard of our materials to the following degree to assist the newest expertise within the semiconductor sector,” he added.
Semiconductor-grade polysilicon is even purer than solar-grade polysilicon, at 99.999999999% purity ranges versus 99.9999%, respectively. Its manufacture includes an etching course of utilizing sturdy acids to take away the highest layer from the floor of the polysilicon chunk.
In March, Wacker introduced that it’ll broaden its polysilicon capability for semiconductor purposes, along with materials manufacturing for high-efficiency photo voltaic cells. The corporate plans to double its gross sales within the semiconductor sector by 2030 and has set an funding of round €100 million per yr within the subsequent few years.
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