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Chip industry doubles down on Singapore as production hub

Soitec, Applied Materials diversify supply chains to mitigate risks

Soitec's factory expansion project, scheduled for completion in 2024, will add 45,000 square meters of floor space, including an office space, to the plant. (Illustration courtesy of Soitec)

SINGAPORE -- Big Western chipmakers and related suppliers are moving to increase production in Singapore as they work to meet growth in demand in the medium to long term and spread their supply chain risks.

French substrate manufacturer Soitec will invest 400 million euros ($430 million) to double the capacity of its wafer plant in Singapore, while U.S. semiconductor manufacturing equipment maker Applied Materials has broken ground on a new 600 million Singapore dollar ($450 million) plant in the city-state.

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