Infineon invests US$157mil to expand R&D, manufacturing in Malaysia

  • R&D headcount to be boosted to 400 staff
  • New development center to be completed by April next year

GERMANY’s Infineon Technologies said it is investing RM500 million (US$157 million) over two years to expand its research and development and manufacturing activities in Malaysia.
Infineon said it would also add another 140 engineers to reach a total of 400 R&D staff by the end of 2013, depending on the global market condition and business demand.
The investment will be made in the state of Melaka, the site of Infineon’s largest backend manufacturing operation, the company said in a statement after a recent groundbreaking ceremony for a new development center there.
The new development center, to have a total build-up area of 3,000 square meters, 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.”
Infineon said its R&D activities in Melaka began in 2005, with the development of innovative integrated circuit (IC) packaging solutions, and expanded over the years to include test and product development.
The groundbreaking ceremony was attended by the Chief Minister of Melaka Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam; the German Ambassador to Malaysia Dr Guenter Gruber; and Ludwig.

Infineon invests US$157mil to expand R&D, manufacturing in Malaysia

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