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New building for more SiC wafer production at SiCrystal

5th July 2024
Harry Fowle

SiCrystal has announced the creation of a new additional production space in the northeast of Nuremberg, directly opposite the existing site.

The new building will offer an additional 6,000 square meters of production space and will be equipped with state-of-the-art technology to further optimise the production of silicon carbide wafers. The close proximity to the existing plant will ensure close integration of the production processes. SiCrystal's total production capacity, including the existing building, will be approximately three times higher in 2027 than in 2024. This builds on SiCrystal's recent developments.

“The new space will significantly increase the production capacity for SiC substrates and we are proud that we were able to welcome Mayor König to the ground-breaking ceremony," says Dr. Robert Eckstein, CEO of SiCrystal. This underlines the importance of this project for the city and the region.

"This groundbreaking ceremony marks an important milestone for SiCrystal and underlines our commitment to the metropolitan region. In this way, we can continue to supply innovative products of the highest quality for our customers in the future and make a positive contribution to global sustainability," said Dr. Erwin Schmitt, COO of SiCrystal. "With the additional production capacities, we will strengthen our market position and make an important contribution to technological development in the semiconductor industry."

Nuremberg's Mayor Marcus König congratulates on this event: "SiCrystal is one of the world's leading manufacturers of silicon carbide semiconductor substrates - among other things, these products are needed for the energy transition. I am delighted that SiCrystal is committing itself to Nuremberg as a location with this massive investment and is thus not only retaining jobs but also creating new ones. Nuremberg is an attractive location."

The construction work is scheduled to be completed by the beginning of 2026. And will create new jobs in the region.

The new building is being realised in cooperation with the general contractor Systeambau from Hilpoltstein.

SiC wafers from SiCrystal, a subsidiary of the Japanese ROHM Group, are of crucial importance for the production of high-performance semiconductor components. By using SiC, we can achieve higher efficiency, lower energy consumption and improved performance in various applications such as electric vehicles, solar energy, and industrial equipment.

SiCrystal is proud to be a fast-growing employer in the metropolitan region and aims to increase employment by more than 100 by the end of the 2027/28 financial year.

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