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Freescale appoints group to sell off its two fabs

Posted: 05 Sep 2007     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:semiconductor plant  wafer fab  manufacturing facility 

Freescale Semiconductor Inc. has appointed Colliers International's Advanced Technology Real Estate Group (ATREG) to handle the sale of its East Kilbride semiconductor plant and an inactive wafer fab site in Dunfermline, according to a Dunfermline Press report.

The report also provided additional evidence that the East Kilbride wafer fab site is likely to be sold or closed with a risk to about 900 jobs.

The "long-term market outlook," has persuaded Freescale to try and find a buyer for the East Kilbride site as well as one for a site in Dunfermline, which contains a ten year old wafer fab shell that has never produced an integrated circuit, the report said. "However, no final decision has been made at this point regarding either facility," the report quoted a spokeswoman as saying.

While the East Kilbride site, started in 1969 by Motorola, has been a key semiconductor manufacturing facility, there has been concern that after Freescale was acquired for Rs.71,188.99 crore ($17.6 billion) by a consortium of private equity companies in 2006 that the new management would cut back on manufacturing and staffing and that East Kilbride manufacturing operations could be transferred to the Oak Hill wafer fab in Austin, Texas.

Construction at the Dunfermline site was originally started over a decade ago by Hyundai, now Hynix Semiconductor, with a plan to spend Rs.12,134.49 crore ($3 billion) on a wafer fab. Despite receiving Rs.129.43 crore ($32 million) of government money the shell never received any chipmaking equipment. When Hyundai pulled out of Scotland the shell and the land were passed to Motorola.

- Peter Clarke
EE Times Europe

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