Investments in the chip industry in Italy continue: STMicroelectronics announces a new plant a Catania for the substrate of Silicon Carbide (SiC). According to the company, it is mainly used to accelerate the production of integrated systems for the automotive world and for industrial applications.
STMicroelectronics announces investments in Italy, new plant in Catania
Production of the new chips is expected to start in 2023, with the plant that will be built at the ST headquarters in Catania next to the current infrastructures. It will be the first center of its kind to produce substrates from 150mm SiCwith the possibility in the future to develop even at 200mm.
The investment from 730 million euros over five years it will be supported by the Italian PNRR and will help bring another 700 jobs directly once completed.
“ST is transforming its global manufacturing operations,” he explains Jean-Marc Chery, President and CEO of STMicroelectronics. “We are expanding our operations to Catania, the center of our semiconductor expertise and where we have already integrated SiC research, development and manufacturing with great collaborations with Italian research bodies, universities and suppliers “.
The CEO explains that: “The new plant will be the key to our vertical integration of SiC, reinforcing the supply of SiC as we increase volumes to support our customers in the sector. automotive and industrial in their change of direction towards electrification and energy efficiency “.
Catania has long been a focal point of STMicroelectronics research and manufacturing, also thanks to the close collaboration with stakeholder come il CNR (National Research Center) and universities.
Al momento ST produce SiC STPOWER a Catania and Ang Mo Kio (Singapore), to then assemble and test them a Shenzhen (China) e Bouskoura (Marocco). The company has been working in recent years to increase its production and Italy plays an important role in this process.