Scots wafer fab gets £14 million boost

January 07, 2020 //By Peter Clarke
Scots wafer fab gets £14 million boost
A wafer fab in Greenock, Scotland that employs 300 people has had its future secured with a grant of £13.7 million (about US$18.0 million) from Scottish Enterprise.

The fab was originally constructed by National Semiconductor Corp. in 1970. National Semiconductor was acquired by Texas Instruments who sold the plant off to Diodes Inc. in 2019. Diodes is a supplier of discrete, logic, analog, and mixed-signal semiconductor circuits and named the fab GFAB.

The investment by Scotland's economic development agency was announced by First Minister for Scotland Nicola Sturgeon.

The funding package comprises a £12 million research and development (R&D) grant towards a five-year project to develop more technologically-advanced transistors and £1.7 million towards a £3.4 million training programme to enable employees to support this change. The company has also received £169,500 from Inverclyde Council to assist with development of the site.

"With Diodes' expertise, the high calibre of the GFAB workforce, and support from Scottish Enterprise, I am excited by the opportunity we are creating to progress even further, building on our manufacturing capabilities to create a centre of process development excellence in GFAB," said Tim Monaghan, Diodes’ European president.

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