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Construction has begun on an Infineon chip factory in Germany

Ursula von der Leyen broke ground on the symbolic ground of the Infineon plant in Dresden
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The head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, launched the construction of a new Infineon chip manufacturing plant in Dresden, Germany. The project is an important milestone as Europe tries to gain more market share in this strategic industry and secure its technological independence.

Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony for Infineon’s German factory in Dresden, Ursula von der Leyen was quoted by Reuters as saying it was an important step towards Europe’s goal of doubling its global chip manufacturing market share by 2030 by quadrupling its current capacity.

However, she warned that Europe is still too dependent on raw materials from individual suppliers. In particular, China supplies 76% of the silicon metal used in chip manufacturing.

The European Union aims to catch up with Asia and the US in semiconductors and reduce its dependence on Asia amid rising tensions between mainland China and Taiwan, backed by the US and some other countries.

Last month, the EU passed its “Chip Law”, which will provide €43 billion in subsidies to semiconductor manufacturing to ensure supplies of critical components. Health restrictions related to Covid-19 have caused severe supply disruptions and affected the production of many categories of goods, from smartphones to cars.

Von der Leyen noted that geopolitical risks have recently increased, and production chains of critical goods and technologies in Europe are strengthening. It also means that Europe needs its own mass production of critical goods.

Infineon is building a 5 billion euro plant, the company’s largest investment. Production at the new facility is expected to begin in 2026.

Other chip manufacturers are also investing in Germany – the American Wolfspeed is building a plant in the country, investing 2.75 billion euros. Intel is building a large chip factory in Magdeburg.

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