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Edwards celebrates opening of new manufacturing facility in Asan City Korea

ASAN CITY, CHUNGCHEONGNAM-DO, KOREA, 14th May 2024– Edwards today celebrated the opening of a new manufacturing facility in Asan City. The new 15,000m2 factory provides a key production site for abatement systems, and integrated vacuum and abatement systems (integrated systems) used in the global manufacture of semiconductors.

Attending today’s opening ceremony were Gareth Weir, Deputy head of Mission at the British Embassy of Seoul, Woo-seok Choi, representing Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy of Korea, along with Il-gyo Jo, Deputy Mayor of Asan City and Tae-hyung Kim, Commissioner of Invest Korea, and representatives from Edwards’ key semiconductor customers in Korea. 

Semiconductor manufacturing is essential to supporting developments across the technology, electronics, automotive, scientific and healthcare sectors. Harmful and toxic gases generated during the semiconductor manufacturing process can be treated by abatement systems to provide a clean environment.  The new facility will enable an increase of around 120% in production of integrated systems, and around 60% increase in abatement and liquid delivery systems (LDS).

This investment represents a significant step towards ensuring the semiconductor supply chain is ready to support the growth expected in the semiconductor industry into 2025 and beyond.

The facility utilises advanced data technology as part of Edwards’ ‘factory of the future’ strategy, with state-of-the-art manufacturing and measurement equipment. Environmental sustainability was also a key consideration in the construction of the new facility, as well as conforming to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Certification, the site also incorporates local exhaust ventilation to manage air quality and reduce exposure to airborne nanoparticles. The design, materials and colour used in the construction of the building have also been selected to be sympathetic to local surroundings.

 The new factory began production this month and will provide job opportunities for around 150 people.

 

Opening ceremony Asan