11 Dec 2009
New LED chip plant in Malaysia gears up for volume production.
OSRAM Opto Semiconductors, Germany, has completed equipment installation and commissioning at its new LED chip production plant in Penang, Malaysia. The 35,000 m² facility complements OSRAM's main LED manufacturing plant in Regensburg, Germany, which was expanded in 2008.
Routine production of the 4-in. wafer-based indium-gallium-nitride semiconductor chips is already under way in Penang. These chips form the basis for the blue, green and white LEDs primarily used in architecture and general lighting, for display backlighting and in mobile electronic devices.
Following an investment of "tens of millions of euros", some 220 new jobs have been created in Penang. With the plant coming online, OSRAM Opto Semiconductors now employs around 2600 of its total worldwide workforce of 4400 at its Malaysian facility.
"There is no question that the rise of the LED, which has only just begun, is set to sky-rocket in the coming years," noted R&uunl;diger Müller, CEO of OSRAM Opto Semiconductors. "This is why we are pursuing our investment and expansion course consistently and uncompromisingly, even in this difficult economic environment."
He continued: "With our production facilities in Germany and Malaysia, we are now in an ideal starting position in terms of quantity and quality."