Nexperia obtains 100% ownership of Newport Wafer Fab

05 July 2021

Nexperia obtains 100% ownership of Newport Wafer Fab
Nexperia obtains 100% ownership of Newport Wafer Fab

The Welsh semiconductor plant will be renamed Nexperia Newport & will focus on production of MOSFETs, IGBT, analogue & compound semiconductor automotive-grade products.

Semiconductor firm, Nexperia has completed the transaction to acquire Newport Wafer Fab (NWF), contributing to the company’s growth ambitions and investments to boost global production capacity. With the acquisition, Nexperia obtains 100% ownership of the Welsh semiconductor production facility. Nexperia Newport 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.

Achim Kempe, Nexperia’s Chief Operations Officer commented: “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.”

Paul James, Operations Director at the Newport site added: “The acquisition is great news for the staff here in Newport and the wider business community in the region, as Nexperia is providing much-needed investment and stability for the future. We are looking forward to becoming part of the global Nexperia team and are keen to keep the current workforce. Additional local resources may be required too. We are also pleased that we will be able continue to contribute to the local ecosystem.

Drew Nelson, departing Chairman at 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 200mm 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 200mm 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. It will support Nexperia’s strategic 10 bln USD growth ambition and enrich 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.

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About Nexperia
Nexperia is a leading expert in the high-volume production of essential semiconductors, components that are required by every electronic design in the world. The company’s extensive portfolio includes diodes, bipolar transistors, ESD protection devices, MOSFETs, GaN FETs and analogue & logic ICs. Headquartered in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, Nexperia annually ships more than 90 billion products, meeting the stringent standards set by the automotive industry. These products are recognised as benchmarks in efficiency – in process, size, power and performance — with industry-leading small packages that save valuable energy and space.

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