April 11, 2006 – Applied Materials Inc. has begun groundbreaking for a new global development center in Xi’an, China, to provide engineering and software support services to global customers across several time zones. The 106,000 sq. ft site on 25 acres will be set up to support improvement projects for 200mm semiconductor equipment.
Applied established its first office in China in 1984, and now employees approximately 400 people in Shanghai, Beijing, Tianjin, Wuxi, Suzhou, and Kunshan. The majority of the company’s product development is still done in Silicon Valley, with volume system manufacturing concentrated at facilities in Austin, TX.