AT&S invests 500 million euros in research and facilities

October 18, 2021 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
AT&S invests 500 million euros in research and facilities
The Leoben location investment will benefit from a new reserch and development center as well as expanded production capabilities for small series and prototypes.

Due to ever-new performance requirements for electronic systems and a boom in the microelectronics sector, AT&S has decided to put an even stronger focus on research and development by investing in a new R&D center for substrate and packaging for the global semiconductor industry at its location in Leoben-Hinterberg. In addition, another technology upgrade of the production facilities will be implemented. The investments totaling € 500 million are planned up to 2025. The investment total includes previously communicated investments in a technology upgrade and the new AT&S office building.

“Leoben is the central hub of AT&S. Starting here, AT&S has grown to become a global group and today is one of the key players in the high-end printed circuit board and IC substrate business,” says Hannes Androsch, Chairman of the AT&S Supervisory Board. “While we invest heavily in other countries and only recently announced our new location in Kulim/Malaysia, it is exactly these investments in Asia that not only secure our locations and their employees, but also ensure that the site in Leoben is expanded and around 700 highly qualified jobs are being created.” Precursors for IC substrates are already produced in Leoben today and subsequently further processed into high-end final products at the facilities in Chongqing/China and in the future also in Kulim/Malaysia. To meet the growing demand, the production facilities are upgraded and an additional production building of roughly 18,000 m2 will be built.

An essential part of the investment will also be used for a new research center including the production of small series and prototypes. With the new, state-of-the-art R&D center, AT&S addresses both customers in the high-end semiconductor segment and international research institutions. “The technologies used here are unparalleled in Europe and give AT&S a unique selling proposition on the market,” says AT&S CEO Andreas Gerstenmayer. Research and development at this level of technology will enable us to offer our customers innovative solutions for future product generations even more proactively and to take on a pioneering role in the industry.


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