Fairchild Semiconductor today said it has officially opened the first phase of its 800,000-sq.-ft. assembly and test facility and automated warehouse in Suzhou, China.
Fairchild, which is based in South Portland, Maine, said the effort is designed to help the company more than double its sales in China by 2004. The new factory will make products for both the local China market and for export to the rest of Asia, Europe, and the Americas.
"We recognized China as a growing force in the global semiconductor market several years ago, both in consumption of ICs and in the design and manufacture of electronic products, and moved quickly to position ourselves," said Kirk Pond, Fairchild's chairman, president, and chief executive.
Fairchild's China strategy includes several corporate initiatives, including the "ultimate" creation of eight sales and marketing offices in China and the dedication of three of the company's six "Centers of Excellence in Greater China" to help customers with power designs for consumer, ultra-portable, cell phone, and notebook applications.
The first phase of the warehouse project, at 400,000 sq. ft., will employ more than 570 staff, with total employment projected at 1,995 by 2005 and 3,500 upon the completion of phase two at an unspecified date. Fairchild said it expects to save as much as 30% on assembly and test costs with the new facility, when compared to purchasing outsourced assembly/test services.
The facility is located within the China-Singapore Suzhou Industrial Park (CSSIP) in Jiangsu Province.