GlobalWafers boosts 2.5% capacity in Italy this year to meet strong demand for 8-inch wafers
GlobalWafers' largest 8-inch fab is located in Novara, northern Italy, with an annual production capacity of 5 million pieces. Last year's revenue accounted for 10% of GlobalWafers' overall revenue, and this year's production capacity is expected to continue to rise 2.5%.
In 2016, GlobalWafers acquired SunEdison Semicondutors and acquired its 8-inch silicon fab in Novara, northern Italy. The plant has been in production since 1976 and has an annual production capacity of 5 million pieces, the largest in Europe and the largest 8 inches of GlobalWafers. The supply area is mainly in Europe, accounting for 58%, followed by Asia and the United States.
It is understood that the plant mainly produces MEMS, automotive electronics, power management, discrete devices, contact image sensors, etc., with more than 500 product combinations, and produces 100 new products every year. Current customers include NXP, STMicroelectronics, Infineon, Bosch, etc.
Marco Sciamanna, director of GlobalWafers Novara, said that Novara's 8-inch wafer production capacity has increased by nearly 40% in the past three years. Last year's revenue accounted for 10% of GlobalWafers' overall revenue. After nearly two years of continuous improvement in process yield, this year's estimated production capacity will increase slightly by 2.5%.
The GlobalWafers Novara plant currently covers an area of approximately 80,000 square meters, of which 30,000 square meters will be reserved for future expansion. Sciamanna said that if the site starts to expand in the future, the 8-inch silicon wafer capacity will double.