21 September 2017
ams further expands Singapore manufacturing capacity to address demand for optical sensors
ams of Premstaetten, Austria, which designs and makes high-performance sensor and analog solutions, is expanding its manufacturing operations in Singapore at JTC nanoSpace @ Tampines. The firm will operate a fully automated cleanroom with filter deposition technology for manufacturing high-precision micro-optic sensors. Alongside this, it will also invest in a new vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL) R&D and manufacturing line.
Altogether, ams expects to invest about $200m over the next three years in manufacturing in Tampines. This follows the firm’s expansion in Ang Mo Kio, which was announced earlier this year.
ams says that its continued expansion in Singapore is the result of customer volume requirements for its sensors and high-end optical packaging. At JTC nanoSpace @ Tampines, ams will manufacture micro-optic sensors for mobile applications. The new facility complements the capacity at Ang Mo Kio and the manufacturing operations in Austria, as well as partnerships with major contract manufacturers around the world.
At an official opening ceremony, members of ams’ management board hosted Minister for Trade and Industry (Industry) S. Iswaran for a tour of the firm’s new JTC nanoSpace @ Tampines operations.
“Singapore is a vital part of ams’ R&D and manufacturing strategy,” says CEO Alexander Everke. “We are investing in differentiating technologies, advanced equipment and employees in the region, and we are committed to long-term operations in Singapore for our cutting-edge design and process technology. We are grateful for the continued support of the Singapore government, the Economic Development Board (EDB), and JTC as we collaborate to make Singapore a global center for advanced semiconductor design and manufacturing,” he adds.
“ams’ new activities are in line with Singapore’s push to capture new growth opportunities in areas such as sensors in IoT applications,” comments Lim Kok Kiang, assistant managing director of the Singapore Economic Development Board.