Applied Materials unveils Singapore 2030 expansion plan

Applied Materials has revealed its Singapore 2030 plan to expand its operations in Singapore over the next eight years.

As part of Singapore 2030, it held a groundbreaking ceremony for an expansion of its regional hub in Singapore, which is home to its largest factory outside of the United States. This investment of hundreds of millions of US dollars will strengthen the company’s ability to meet growing customer demand in the years ahead.

The company will also bolster its R&D capabilities in Singapore with a focus on accelerating commercialisation of new technologies and services that improve chip power, performance, area, cost and time-to-market. An example is its research collaboration with the Institute of Microelectronics (IME), a research institute focused on hybrid bonding and other emerging, 3D chip integration technologies.

“For the past 30 years, Singapore has been a strategic hub for Applied Materials, and we are excited to build on our success with new investments that will strengthen our ability to support the semiconductor industry on its path to becoming a US$1 trillion market by the end of the decade. We look forward to working with the Government of Singapore and the vibrant technology ecosystem to create opportunities for mutual growth that will benefit the global semiconductor industry,” said Gary Dickerson, President and CEO of Applied Materials.

As a top employer, Applied will help enable a future-ready workforce for Singapore’s semiconductor equipment industry through enhanced training and advanced education programmes. This includes an initiative with the Singapore Institute of Technology where Applied employees gain access to tailored learning modules in areas including AI and machine learning, smart manufacturing, robotics and automation, and data science.

“Applied Materials is committed to helping Singapore cultivate the workforce of tomorrow as digitalisation accelerates and technology becomes more important to the economy than ever before. Over the next several years, we plan to invest in new initiatives with our academic and community partners with an aim to deliver further value to Applied, to our customers, and to Singapore,” said Brian Tan, Regional President of Applied Materials South East Asia.

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