KUALA LUMPUR (July 8): Infineon Technologies (Kulim) Sdn Bhd, the German global semiconductor producer, has announced the construction of its third wafer fabrication (fab) module for RM8 billion, which will add capacity significant manufacturing in power semiconductors.

The Malaysia Investment Development Authority (MIDA) said in a statement that the wide bandgap technology is based on silicon carbide and gallium nitride. Construction is expected to be completed by the third quarter of 2024 at Kulim, Kedah.

Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor is pleased that Infineon is continuing its expansion into Kulim Hi-Tech Park (KHTP).

“The number of capital-intensive high-tech manufacturing enterprises at KHTP has been steadily growing, bringing advanced technologies and research and development (R&D) activities as well as high-tech jobs to Kedah, thereby creating a vibrant economy for the local community,” he said in a statement Friday.

Infineon Technologies AG COO Dr Rutger Wijburg said Malaysia is an important hub for Infineon due to the economies of scale exhibited in its front-end wafer manufacturing in Kulim and back-end chip manufacturing in Melaka.

“Once fully equipped, the new module products will generate an additional €2 billion (RM8.99 billion) in annual revenue.

“As decarbonization efforts gain momentum globally, demand for electric vehicles, charging and storage infrastructure, and renewable energy for broadband power semiconductors increases and we are ready. support demand,” he added.

In the same statement, Lim Bee Vian, Deputy Managing Director of MIDA (Investment Development), said the long-term industry partner has been instrumental in the growth of Malaysia’s semiconductor industry.

“With this announcement, it will increase Malaysia’s position in the global semiconductor supply chain and strengthen our position in global value chains as well as being an advanced manufacturing base in the region,” he said. she declared.

Meanwhile, Infineon’s senior vice president and general manager, Ng Kok Tiong, said introducing new technologies in Malaysia requires skills to handle complexity and experience to master the technology and the new model. will create 900 high value-added jobs.

The electrical and electronics (E&E) industry contributes significantly to Malaysia’s GDP growth, export earnings, investment and employment and plays a vital role in the country’s industrial development.

In the first quarter of 2022, Malaysia attracted a total of RM18.6 billion in approved investment in the E&E sector.