Infineon to expand with €1.6bn chip facility in Austria
Infineon Technologies AG, the German semiconductors has announced it will be investing €1.6bn (US$1.88bn) into a new factory in Villach, Austria.
The site will be a fully automated chip facility, used to produce 300mm thin wafers.
The power semiconductor factory will be located next to Infineon’s existing facility in Austria.
The project is expected to create 400 jobs, with construction launching in the first half of 2019 and the site becoming operational by 2021.
“Global demand for power semiconductors is soaring,” remarked the CEO of Infineon, Dr Reinhard Ploss.
“As the market and technology leader, Infineon is particularly sought-after by customers and is even growing more strongly than the market.”
“Growth is underpinned by global megatrends such as climate change, demographic change and increasing digitization.”
“Electric vehicles, connected and battery-powered devices, data centers or power generation from renewable sources require efficient and reliable power semiconductors.”
The sales potential from the factory is anticipated to reach €1.8bn ($2.11bn) annually.
“We recognized that trend early on and so are rapidly expanding production capacities for 300-millimeter technology at our Dresden location,” Ploss continued.
“The new facility at Villach will help us cater for the growing demand that our customers anticipate, and continue on our path to success in the coming decade.”
“Backed by the unique expertise we have built at our locations in Europe, we as a global company can strengthen our position on the world market long term.”
Ultium Cells LLC/Li-Cycle: Sustainable Battery Manufacturing
Ultium Cells LLC - a joint venture between General Motors and LG Energy Solutions - has announced its latest collaboration with Li-Cycle. Joining forces the two have set ambitions to expand recycling in North America, recycling up to 100% of the scrap materials in battery cell manufacturing
What is Ultium Cells LLC?
Announcing their partnership in December 2019, General Motors (GM) and LG Energy Solutions established Ultium Cells LLC with a mission to “ensure excellence of Battery Cell Manufacturing through implementation of best practices from each company to contribute [to the] expansion of a Zero Emission propulsion on a global scale.”
Who is Li-Cycle?
Founded in 2016, Li-Cycle leverages innovative solutions to address emerging and urgent challenges around the world.
As the use of Lithium-ion rechargeable batteries in automotive, industrial energy storage, and consumer electronic applications rises, Li-Cycle believes that “the world needs improved technology and supply chain innovations to better recycle these batteries, while also meeting the rapidly growing demand for critical and scarce battery-grade materials.”
Why are Ultium Cells LLC and Li-Cycle join forces?
By joining forces to expand the recycling of scrap materials in battery cell manufacturing in North America, the new recycling process will allow Ultium Cells LLC to recycle cobalt, nickel, lithium, graphite, copper, manganese and aluminum.
“95% of these materials can be used in the production of new batteries or for adjacent industries,” says GM, who explains that the new hydrometallurgical process emits 30% less greenhouse gases (GHGs) than traditional processes, minimising the environmental impact. Use of this process will begin later in the year (2021).
"Our combined efforts with Ultium Cells will be instrumental in redirecting battery manufacturing scrap from landfills and returning a substantial amount of valuable battery-grade materials back into the battery supply chain. This partnership is a critical step forward in advancing our proven lithium-ion resource recovery technology as a more sustainable alternative to mining, " said Ajay Kochhar, President, CEO and co-founder of Li-Cycle.
"GM's zero-waste initiative aims to divert more than 90% of its manufacturing waste from landfills and incineration globally by 2025. Now, we're going to work closely with Ultium Cells and Li-Cycle to help the industry get even better use out of the materials,” added Ken Morris, Vice President of Electric and Autonomous Vehicles, GM.
Since 2013, GM has recycled or reused 100% of the battery packs it has received from customers, with most current GM EVs repaired with refurbished packs.
"We strive to make more with less waste and energy expended. This is a crucial step in improving the sustainability of our components and manufacturing processes,” concluded Thomas Gallagher, Chief Operating Officer, Ultium Cells LLC.