Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany officially announced that the company will build one of its most comprehensive Electronics Technology Centers in China.
Merck KGaA signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Shanghai Pudong Government at the China International Import Expo (CIIE) 2020.
“From PCs, smartphones, TVs to wearable electronics, China has become the world’s largest producer and consumer of a wide range of consumer electronics,” said Kai Beckmann, CEO Performance Materials and member of the Executive Board of Merck KGaA. “China is deploying a new wave of infrastructure to accelerate digitalization. Shanghai is the right place and now is the right time for Merck KGaA to further invest in China’s next-generation electronics. The country’s post-Covid growth will increasingly be driven by digital innovation technologies such as 5G, artificial intelligence, quantum computing and the Internet of Things.”
The new Electronics Technology Center will host capabilities for analytics, application testing and sampling for electronic materials.
The 3,300-square-meter facility will be located at the company’s Jinqiao hub in Shanghai. The opening of the technology center with an investment of €18 million (approximately CNY 140 million) is planned for the first half of 2022. Merck KGaA will provide local customers with comprehensive technology services and customized solutions to enable more and faster innovative electronic applications contributing to the advancement of China’s electronics industry.
“Today, China uses around half of the world’s microchips and is heavily investing in building up semiconductor fabs in the country. A strategic focus of our new Electronics Technology Center in China is our semiconductor business,” said Allan Gabor, president of Merck KGaA in China and managing director of Performance Materials China. “We believe that a golden decade for China’s semiconductor industry has just begun.”
Semiconductor Materials has become one of the fastest-growing businesses of Merck KGaA in China and more than 150 products are being supplied to around 100 chip makers across the country, covering each step of their wafer processing.
With this investment, Merck KGaA will also further strengthen its analytical capabilities in the field of OLED (organic light-emitting diodes) materials.
OLED technology enables flexible displays and future display-based consumer electronics. Merck KGaA is currently completing the localization of its OLED full-value-chain capabilities in Shanghai - from analysis and application to production.
Earlier this year, Merck KGaA already announced its plan to expand its OLED application lab and to establish an OLED production capacity in Shanghai.