German president visits Infineon plant in Kulim
16 Feb 2023
German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier visited global semiconductor company, Infineon Technologies (Kulim) Sdn Bhd, here, as part of his trip to Malaysia.
The visit focused on Infineon’s contribution to enabling the global energy transition with energy-saving semiconductor solutions as well as by investing in solutions that further reduce the CO2 footprint in its chip manufacturing.
Infineon Technologies (Kulim) senior vice president and managing director Ng Kok Tiong said the company is currently building a new plant worth two billion euros that would focus on so-called compound semiconductors.
“Overall we are progressing very well as what we have planed. We have set that we should be ready for equipment in summer 2024. The plant will create 900 high-value jobs.
“It’s a big construction, the progress have been very good and we are very happy with the progress despite the challengers in the construction industries,” he told reporters after the German President visits to the site on Thursday.
He said the company has also set the goal of operating 100% of its plant in Malaysia with green electricity in the future and is in close exchange with local suppliers and the government to this end.
“The initiative will help further improve Infineon’s positive climate contribution. Today, the company’s energy-efficient solutions help save 33 times the amount of CO2 emitted during their production,” he said.
Meanwhile, Infineon Asia Pacific president and managing director C S Chua said the growing demand for renewable energy, e-vehicles as well as energy-efficient applications would lead to a strong increase in the demand for power semiconductors.
“Our investments in Kulim and beyond are laying the foundation for being able to serve this growing need as well,” he added.