Infineon to create 200 new jobs in Austria
Infineon Technologies AG is planning to expand the company’s Villach site in Austria by investing €290 million to create approximately 200 new jobs primarily in R&D during the period from 2014 to 2017.

The investment will focus on the expansion of expertise for the manufacturing of the future as well as research and development. The company’s ‘Pilot Space Industry 4.0’ initiative aims to realize and test an innovative concept for networked and knowledge-intensive production.

Peter Schiefer, President of Operations at Infineon Technologies and responsible for the worldwide production sites, said: “The continuing development of Villach is a part of our group-wide manufacturing strategy. At the site, important developments will be advanced and production-ready innovative technologies will be transferred by Infineon to other sites. At the same time our strategy will include expansion of our volume manufacturing on 300 millimeter thin wafers in Dresden and on 200 millimeter wafers in Kulim, Malaysia.”

“With the expansion concept Villach is reinforcing its important role as a factory of innovation and a competence center for power electronics within the corporate group. We’re making an important contribution to the success of the company by coupling the innovation factory in Villach with volume production in Dresden using the example of 300 millimeter thin wafer production for power semiconductors,” explained Sabine Herlitschka, CEO of Infineon Technologies Austria AG.

Infineon will construct a leading-edge building complex for research, production and measurement technology workstations. Logistics, miscellaneous infrastructures and the plant equipment will also be expanded to meet future demand. The investment aims to enable Infineon to mobilize the productivity and automation called for in international competition, while at the same time increasing flexibility.

Infineon has been actively engaged in the Industry 4.0 initiative from the beginning; its pilot space in Villach is another step towards realizing this vision. Industry 4.0 embodies a paradigm shift in value creation and brings  opportunities to European industry.