STMicroelectronics has opened its latest silicon carbide power packaging line for electric vehicles.
The $244m extension to the plant in Bouskoura, located in the Casablanca-Settat region of Morocco, is a key part of the strategy to provide European supply of silicon carbide devices, from the powder used to create ingots through to SiC wafers and a fab in Catania to chips assembled in Morocco rather than Asia. ST is a key supplier to electric vehicle maker Tesla in the US and has signed a number of key EV deals in recent years.
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The $244m extension expands the factory’s current production area by 7,500 square meters and makes the plant the company’s second largest. The project will create more than 700 jobs, including 100 engineering positions.
The opening was attended by Fabio Gualandris, Executive Vice-President of the Back-end Technology and Manufacturing organization at ST as well as Morocco’s Minister of Industry and Trade, Ryad Mezzour and the Governor of the Nouaceur Province, Abdellah Chater.
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