Having 70% of its semiconductor business coming from Asia, Applied Materials said that it expects its new Singapore Operations Center, which has now been officially opened, to handle 50% of its business flow in the next few years. Applied expects to double its workforce at the facility in the next few years to around 800 employees.
“The opening of our Singapore Operations Center is a significant milestone for Applied, and will be especially important in meeting an expected multi-year increase in demand for our advanced semiconductor production technology,” said Mike Splinter, chairman and chief executive officer of Applied Materials. “With more than 70% of our semiconductor business in Asia, we expect 50% of our global semiconductor equipment supply to flow through this Center in the next few years as we consolidate key parts of our manufacturing and various global and pan-Asian support functions here.
Applied’s Singapore Operations Center has also been awarded Singapore’s highest environmental honor – the Green Mark Platinum award – by the Singapore Building and Construction Authority. The Center features the largest thin-film solar system in Singapore, a 400 kilowatt peak system installed by Phoenix Solar, using Applied’s large-substrate tandem junction thin-film modules.