Diodes buys TI's Scottish fab

February 04, 2019 //By Nick Flaherty
Diodes buys TI's Scottish fab
Power specialist Diodes Inc is to buy Texas Instruments’ wafer fab in Greenock, Scotland, boosting its European operations.

TI announced the closure of the 'GFAB' back in January 2016 with the expected loss of 365 jobs. The site, which was re-built in 1987 after a fire, was acquired when TI bought National Semiconductor back in 2011.

Now Diodes plans to integrate the Greenock facility and fab operations, including the transfer of all GFAB employees to Diodes when the deal closes at the end of March. In a multi-year wafer supply agreement, Diodes will also continue to manufacture TI’s analogue products at the site while TI transfers the devices to other wafer fabs. The 318,782 square-foot facility has a potential capacity of up to 21,666 wafer starts or 256,000 8” equivalent layers per month, depending on the product mix.

“The proposed acquisition of GFAB aligns well with our strategic plan for significant revenue and profit dollar growth over the next several years,” said  Dr. Keh-Shew Lu,  President and Chief Executive Officer of Diodes. “GFAB offers Diodes additional wafer fab capacity to support our product growth, in particular our automotive expansion initiatives, as well as excellent engineering skills and wafer fab know-how to support our technical and operational performance expectations. This transaction meets our criteria for strategic acquisitions, and we expect it to be immediately accretive. We look forward to welcoming the GFAB team into the Diodes’ family,”

Diodes' primary fab in Manchester, UK, acquired as part of the deal to buy Zetex in 2010. The company had a turnover of $1.05bn in 2017 and announces its 2018 results in two weeks.

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