LONDON Colliers International's Advanced Technology Real Estate Group (Seattle, Wash.) has said it has been retained by Freescale Semiconductor Inc. (Austin, Texas) to assist with the sale of two wafer manufacturing facilities in Scotland.
Colliers ATREG has confirmed previous reports that it has been retained to sell the operational 150-mm wafer fab in East Kilbride and a 200-mm wafer fabrication shell in Dunfermline (see Sept. 3 story).
Freescale's 25 acre East Kilbride site features a 0.35-micron capable volume wafer manufacturing facility, including a 92,000-square-foot wafer fab cleanroom, and approximately 700 advanced process tools, Colliers said. The facility has been operational for over 20 years producting automotive chips, power devices for the networking and wireless communication industries.
Freescale's 150 acre Dunfermline site includes a 1-million-square-foot facility shell constructed in 1997 by Hyundai, now Hynix Semiconductor, but not fully completed and never occupied. Some facility infrastructure is on-site, but non-operational, according to Colliers.
It is thought that Freescale employs about 1200 people at East Kilbride with about 900 jobs in manufacturing that could be at risk.
Colliers has prepared sales websites for the East Kilbride and Dunfermline sites.
"Our team of global semiconductor market specialists is implementing a worldwide campaign to reach all potential semiconductor and advanced technology users," said Doug Barrett, Colliers senior vice president and director of ATREG, in a statement. "Both facilities offer significant cost and time-to-market advantages for a producer seeking additional capacity, or who wishes to manufacture a more diverse or advanced range of semiconductor devices."
"Freescale is seeking buyers who can fully realize the inherent value of these first class manufacturing facilities," said Greg Heinlein, Freescale vice president and treasurer, in the same statement.
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