Melaka, Malaysia – July 9, 2012 – Infineon Technologies announced at the groundbreaking for a new development centre today that it is investing RM 500 million to expand R&D and manufacturing activities over two years in Melaka, the site of Infineon’s largest backend manufacturing operation.
The groundbreaking ceremony was attended by the Chief Minister of Melaka, Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam, His Excellency Dr. Guenter Gruber, the German Ambassador to Malaysia and President & Managing Director of Infineon Technologies (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, Dr. Matthias Ludwig.
Besides manufacturing capacity expansion and facilities upgrading, Infineon will add another 140 R&D engineers to reach a total of 400 R&D staff by the end 2013 depending on the global market condition and business demand. This includes the construction of a new development centre with a total build up area of 3,000 square meters that will house state of the art development labs and office space for R&D staff. The new building is expected to be completed by April 2013.
“Innovation is one of the key success factors for Infineon. Our focus on sustainable development fits well with Malaysia’s Economic Transformation Program and goal of becoming a high income nation,” said Dr. Matthias Ludwig, President and Managing Director of Infineon Technologies (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd. “We will continue to develop competencies in our people to drive innovation and add economic value”.
R&D activities in Melaka began in 2005 with development of innovative integrated circuit (IC) packaging solutions. To ensure efficient support for new product development, product transfer and technologies changes, R&D expanded to include test and product development in over years. The company is presently focusing on building competencies and setting up R&D activities in Application Engineering and Test Technology & Innovation.