Nexperia obtains 100% ownership of Newport Wafer Fab

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Nexperia has announced that it has acquired the Newport Wafer Fab (NWF), in a move it says will contribute to both its growth ambitions and investments to boost its global production capacity.

With the acquisition, Nexperia obtains 100% ownership of the Welsh semiconductor production facility. Nexperia said that the Newport facility will continue to have a strong position in the Welsh ecosystem and technology development and will secure the current jobs at the Newport site and others across the region.

Nexperia is a customer of the foundry services offered by Newport Wafer Fab and became its second largest shareholder in 2019. The Newport site complements Nexperia’s other European manufacturing operations in Manchester and Hamburg, which have also seen significant recent investments.

Commenting Achim Kempe, Nexperia’s Chief Operations Officer said, “We are very excited to include Newport as part of our global manufacturing footprint. Nexperia has ambitious growth plans and adding Newport supports the growing global demand for semiconductors. The Newport facility has a very skilled operational team and has a crucial role to play to ensure continuity of operations. We look forward to building a future together”.

Drew Nelson, the departing chairman of Newport said: “The change in ownership of the Newport site marks an important step for the future of the facility as well as for the region. We are pleased that we are able to maintain the expertise in developing high end silicon devices in the 200 mm wafer fab while at the same time opening up opportunities for us to add new semiconductor technologies”.

The Newport semiconductor production site was first established in 1982 and was originally named INMOS. Current capacity is over 35,000 200 mm wafer starts per month covering a wide range of semiconductor technologies ranging from MOSFETs and Trench IGBTs using wafer thinning methods to CMOS, analogue and compound semiconductors.

The site will support Nexperia’s strategic $10bn growth ambition and Nexperia’s product lines in IGBT, analogue and compound semiconductors in parallel to the current 8” investments at the Manchester and Hamburg wafer fabs. This acquisition significantly enhances the automotive-qualified product supply capability and the market share of Nexperia.