GlobalWafers Co., Ltd. announced that it plans to build 300-millimeter semiconductor silicon wafer site in Sherman, Texas, USA, where its wholly-owned subsidiary, GlobiTech, locates. This 300mm greenfield investment is consistent with the Company's announcement on February 6th of this year of brownfield and greenfield expansions totaling TWD 100 billion. 300-millimeter silicon wafers are the starting material for all advanced semiconductor fabrication sites (or fabs), including recently announced United States (US) expansions by GlobalFoundries, Intel, Samsung, Texas Instruments and TSMC, which are anticipated to consume many silicon wafers in USA.
Most of these 300-millimeter wafers are currently manufactured in Asia, forcing the US semiconductor industry to highly rely on imported silicon wafers. This investment will represent the first new silicon wafer facility in the US in over two decades and close a critical semiconductor supply chain gap. The new factory is in alignment with customers long-term agreement with multiple stages of equipment installation.
At full build-out, the 3.2 million-square-foot silicon wafer factory with production volume ultimately reaching 1.2 mn wafers per month will be the largest facility of its kind in the US and among the largest in the world along with secured abundance of land to support any required further growth.