SweGaN to build new HQ and GaN-on-SiC epiwafer production facility
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SweGaN AB of Linköping, Sweden, which manufactures custom gallium nitride on silicon carbide (GaN-on-SiC) epitaxial wafers (based on a unique growth technology) for telecom, satellite, defense and power electronics applications, is to build a new headquarters including a high-capacity semiconductor production facility in Linköping.
The new facility will be built at the Innovative Materials Arena (IMA), a cluster for innovative materials located in Linköping in Östergötland – a region renowned for its progressive materials industries.
Completion of the project is planned for the end of second-quarter 2023 with deployment of the company’s manufacturing processes to produce GaN-on-SiC engineered epiwafers in high volume to achieve economies of scale. The facility has been designed to accommodate production capacity up to 40,000 100mm/150mm epiwafers per year.
This significant scaling initiative is backed by a Series A financing round announced in September 2022, and is closely aligned with the accelerated global demands for GaN-on-SiC epiwafers used in 5G base-stations, defense radars, low-orbit satellite communications, and power switches for electric vehicles (EVs).
“The new SweGaN HQ and production facility provides substantial flexibility and means to support the company’s expansion during its growth journey – in both capacity and space,” says chief operating officer Henrik Tölander.
“This major step strengthens SweGaN’s deep roots in Sweden and will bring the entire company together under one roof,” he adds. “We also aim to create a stimulating and inspiring work environment for young talents, materials specialists, and all strategic roles alike to join our exciting growth journey and build the company with us,” continues Tölander.
“A new order is being established for semiconductor supply chains, and we are striving to be a go-to strategic partner for our customers in this new era,” says CEO Jr-Tai Chen. “Harnessing the challenges and opportunities associated with the new era of semiconductor manufacturing, SweGaN’s vision has become clearer than ever – to build a sustainable, smart and green manufacturing for the materials that can enhance connectivity, security, and mobility of the future.”