By Pete Singer, Editor-in-Chief
Austria-based ams AG, formerly known as Austriamicrosystem, announced plans to locate a new 360,000 ft2 fab in upstate New York at the Nano Utica site in Marcy, NY. The fab will be used to manufacture analog devices on 200/300mm wafers. Total buildout at the site, including support buildings and office space, will be close to 600,000ft2.
This will be the first fab going into the 428 acre Marcy site, which is large enough to accommodate three fabs and an R&D or packaging facility.
Construction of the ams fab is scheduled to begin in spring 2016, with first wafer ramp in the last quarter of 2017.
In what might become the new business model for fabs, the building itself will be publicly owned and leased to ams, which will assume operating costs and most of the costs of the capital equipment. Capital purchases, operating expenses and other investments in the facility over the first 20 years are estimated at more than $2 billion. ams will create and retain more than 700 full time jobs and anticipates the creation of at least 500 additional support jobs from contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, and partners necessary to establish the full ecosystem necessary to enable advanced manufacturing operations.
Fort Schuyler Management (FSMC) will handle the construction, with the goal of turning the fab over to ams in Q2 2017. A key part of N.Y. Governor Andrew Cuomo’s START-UP NY initiative, FSMC is a State University of New York (SUNY Polytechnic Institute) affiliated, private, not-for-profit, 501c(3) corporation that facilitates research and economic development opportunities in support of New York’s emerging nanotechnology and semiconductor clusters.
“If jobs are being created, everything else will take care of itself,” Cuomo said.
Mohawk Valley EDGE President Steve DiMeo said site work has already started. “We’re putting roads in, storm drainage, utilities and we just approved the change order for clearing the land where ams will be located. We’ll be doing some additional site development this fall, and work closely with Fort Schuyler so that they will be in a position to begin construction the early part of next year.”
In a related announcement, GE Global Research said it will expand its New York global operations to the Mohawk Valley, serving as the anchor tenant of the Computer Chip Commercialization Center (QUAD C) on the campus of SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering in Utica. Nearly 500 jobs are expected to be created in the Mohawk Valley in the next five years from SUNY Poly, GE and affiliated corporations and another 350 in the subsequent five years.
These public-private partnerships represent the launch of the next phase of the Governor’s Nano Utica initiative, which now exceeds more than 4,000 projected jobs over the next ten years. Designed to replicate the dramatic success of SUNY Poly’s Nanotech Megaplex in Albany, NANO Utica further cements New York’s international recognition as the preeminent hub for 21st century nanotechnology innovation, education, and economic development.
“This is a transformative moment that will make a difference in peoples’ lives in the Mohawk Valley for generations to come,” said Governor Cuomo. “Over the past few years, we have worked to reverse the negative and invest in Upstate NY – and today we’re taking another huge step forward. With GE and ams joining the Nano Utica initiative, we’re seeing the region’s economy gathering momentum unlike ever before. The Mohawk Valley is beginning an economic revolution around nanotechnology, and I am excited to see the region take off and thrive, both today and in the years ahead.”
Dr. Alain Kaloyeros, President and Chief Executive Officer of SUNY Polytechnic Institute, said, “Today’s announcement by Governor Andrew Cuomo represents a major expansion for Quad-C and the Nano Utica initiative and is a tremendous victory for the Mohawk Valley and the entire State of New York. World renowned partners such as GE Global Research and AMS raise the level of prestige for the entire region and accelerate the development of this international hub for technology and innovation. Governor Cuomo’s pioneering economic development model, coupled with SUNY Poly CNSE’s world class expertise and resources, continues to generate historic investment and job creation throughout the state. We welcome GE and AMS and their leadership teams and look forward to their partnership in the continued growth of Nano Utica.”
ams Chief Operating Officer Dr. Thomas Stockmeier said, “Building a new wafer fab will help us achieve our growth plans and meet the increasing demand for our advanced manufacturing nodes. Our decision to locate the facility in New York was motivated by the highly-skilled workforce, the proximity to esteemed education and research institutions, and the favorable business environment provided by Governor Cuomo and all the public and private partners we are working with on this important project.”
Additionally, ams will collaborate with FSMC and SUNY Poly on a joint development program to support complimentary research, commercialization and workforce training opportunities at SUNY Poly facilities throughout New York State.