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Samsung announces massive US$17bn advanced semiconductor fab site in Texas

In the largest investment by the Korean giant to date in the USA, Samsung Electronics has announced that it will build a new semiconductor manufacturing facility in Taylor, Texas.

The estimated US$17bn (Eds: €15.15bn) investment in the United States will help boost production of advanced logic semiconductor solutions that power next-generation innovations and technologies.

The new facility will manufacture products based on advanced process technologies for application in areas such as mobile, 5G, high-performance computing (HPC) and artificial intelligence (AI).

“As we add a new facility in Taylor, Samsung is laying the groundwork for another important chapter in our future,” said Kinam Kim, Vice Chairman and CEO, Samsung Electronics Device Solutions Division. “With greater manufacturing capacity, we will be able to better serve the needs of our customers and contribute to the stability of the global semiconductor supply chain.”

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(left to right) Governor Greg Abbott, Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman & CEO Kinam Kim

“We are also proud to be bringing more jobs and supporting the training and talent development for local communities, as Samsung celebrates 25 years of semiconductor manufacturing in the U.S.,” Kim said.

“In addition to our partners in Texas, we are grateful to the Biden Administration for creating an environment that supports companies like Samsung as we work to expand leading-edge semiconductor manufacturing in the U.S.,” continued Kim. “We also thank the administration and Congress for their bipartisan support to swiftly enact federal incentives for domestic chip production and innovation.”

we are grateful to the Biden Administration for creating an environment that supports companies like Samsung

Groundbreaking will be in the first half of 2022 with the target of having the facility operational in the second half of 2024. The Taylor site will span more than 5 million square metres and is expected to serve as a key location for Samsung’s global semiconductor manufacturing capacity along with its latest new production line in Pyeongtaek, South Korea.

The total expected investment of $17bn, including buildings, property improvements, machinery and equipment, will mark the largest-ever investment made by Samsung in the US. This will also bring Samsung’s total investment in the US to more than US$47bn (eds: €41.9bn) since beginning operations in the country in 1978, where the company now has over 20,000 employees across the country.

“Companies like Samsung continue to invest in Texas because of our world-class business climate and exceptional workforce,” said Governor Abbott. “Samsung’s new semiconductor manufacturing facility in Taylor will bring countless opportunities for hardworking Central Texans and their families and will play a major role in our state’s continued exceptionalism in the semiconductor industry. I look forward to expanding our partnership to keep the Lone Star State a leader in advanced technology and a dynamic economic powerhouse.”

After reviewing multiple locations within the US for a potential manufacturing site, the decision to invest in Taylor was based on multiple factors, including the local semiconductor ecosystem, infrastructure stability, local government support and community development opportunities. In particular, the proximity to Samsung’s current manufacturing site in Austin, about 25 kilometres southwest of Taylor, allows the two locations to share the necessary infrastructure and resources.

This latest expansion of Samsung’s US presence is expected to create over 2,000 high-tech jobs directly and thousands of related jobs once the new facility is in full operation. As part of its co-investment in the community, Samsung will also contribute financial support to create a Samsung Skills Centre for the Taylor Independent School District (ISD) to help students develop skills for future careers as well as providing internships and recruiting opportunities.

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