ON Semi wafer fab gets $15.78m expansion: Belgium 150mm fab will grow 40%

(September 10, 2010) — ON Semiconductor (Nasdaq: ONNN) supplier of high performance, energy efficient silicon solutions for green electronics, plans to expand production capacity at its 6" (150mm) wafer manufacturing facility in Oudenaarde, Belgium, by approximately 40%. Total equipment investment in 2010 reaches EUR12.3 million (USD15.6 million). The Belgium factory specializes in the manufacture of application specific high-voltage technologies for the automotive and industrial industry, and in integrated and discrete standard products for a wide range of market segments.

The 12.3 million EUR being invested in additional manufacturing equipment at the Belgium facility is part of the company’s overall plan to maximize its in-house manufacturing operations. Equipment installation efforts are underway, and are expected to increase production at the Belgium wafer fab by 40 by early 2011. The company expects to locally hire additional blue collar and white collar labor in support of the expansion. 

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“We have seen quarter-on-quarter demand increases during the previous four consecutive quarters and the forecast continues to show strong growth. Here in Belgium, the majority of the expansion funds are aimed at the most complex products produced in this facility,” said Brent Wilson vice president of European manufacturing operations for ON Semiconductor.

ON Semiconductor’s Oudenaarde, Belgium, site employs approximately 500 people. In addition to the manufacturing teams, there are local teams focused on product research and development, IC design, sales and marking for the company’s Automotive, Industrial and Foundry business units, as well as business and support staffs. ON Semiconductor also operates a site in Vilvoorde, Belgium, where an additional 50 automotive business unity employees work.

ON Semiconductor (Nasdaq: ONNN) has a portfolio of power and signal management, logic, discrete and custom devices for automotive, communications, computing, consumer, industrial, LED lighting, medical, military/aerospace and power applications. For more information, visit http://www.onsemi.com


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