BURGESS HILL, UK, 23rd November 2022– Edwards, the leading supplier of vacuum and abatement services and solutions to the global semiconductor industry, held a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the start of building works on its new manufacturing facility in Asan City in Chungcheongnam-do province, South Korea. The 15,000m2 factory will support other Edwards’ facilities in Cheonan, South Korea, as a key production site for vacuum and abatement systems used in the global manufacture of semiconductors.
Semiconductor manufacturing is essential to supporting developments across the technology, electronics, automotive, scientific and healthcare sectors. The recent surge in demand has seen widespread investment in global manufacturing capability, and Edwards’ investment in the new Korea facility represents a significant step forward in ensuring the supply chain capacity required to support that growth.
Construction of the state-of-the-art building should be complete by the end of July 2023, with the factory expected to be fully operational during Q3 of 2023. This new site in Asan City will increase capacity in the manufacture of abatement and liquid delivery systems under both the CSK and Edwards brands. The new facility will also provide additional capacity in the production of Edwards integrated systems for EUV lithography technology, used in the manufacture of the most advanced semiconductor components.
Kate Wilson, President of Edwards’ Semiconductor business, said: “I am delighted that we are breaking ground on our new systems facility in Korea. This year we celebrated both the 25 year anniversary of CSK, and the 30 year anniversary of Edwards Korea Ltd, and I’m very proud of the role both CSK and Edwards Korea have played in the global semiconductor industry over this time. This new investment shows our continued commitment to supporting our customers with their future innovation and the growth in the semiconductor industry in Korea and beyond.”