Apr. 11, 2023 /SemiMedia/ -- Zeiss recently announced that it has broken ground on the expansion of the Zeiss Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology (SMT) department at its Wetzlar plant.

According to the announcement, Zeiss has begun to expand its DUV lithography equipment optical components factory in Wetzlar, Germany, which is scheduled to be completed in 2025.

After the project is completed, the factory will have an area of more than 12,000 square meters for the development and manufacture of lithographic optical components for global chip production.

Wetzlar has been one of Zeiss' production sites for DUV lithography optics for more than two decades, but Zeiss says existing production capacity has reached its limit. The expansion is Zeiss' response to growing demand for chips from the global semiconductor industry.