The Management Board and the co-founder of Elmos Semiconductor AG, Prof. Dr. Günter Zimmer, have today opened the extension of the test area. The guests of honor included the Mayor of Dortmund, Ullrich Sierau, and the Managing Director of the Dortmund Business Development, Thomas Westphal. The area is located in the production site at the Headquarters in Dortmund.
The expansion will create 50 new jobs. The enlarged test area now offers around 50% more space and area for more than 70 test machines. In total, more than 7,000 square meters are now available in Dortmund for the production and testing of semiconductors. Investments in the expansion and the machines so far amount to around 50 million Euro. In the final phase, another 60 million Euro will be invested in machines.
"The new test area has started work on time. I thank the Management Board and all employees who have made this possible through their dedicated work", says Prof. Dr. Zimmer, co-founder of Elmos Semiconductor AG, Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board and Honorary Chairman of the Supervisory Board for life.
"The Elmos team has done a great job and set the course for the future. We will continue to expand the test area and related departments in the coming weeks and months as planned", says Dr. Anton Mindl, CEO of Elmos Semiconductor AG.
"Elmos, as a pioneering company in the TechnologyPark, has become a beacon of local high-tech companies and a pioneer of structural change. Today, almost no car worldwide drives without semiconductors from Dortmund", says Ullrich Sierau, Mayor of the city of Dortmund, with approval. "With the current expansion, this success story will be continued."
Currently, more than 500 million semiconductors are being tested each year. Among other things, the semiconductor chips are tested under extreme temperatures from -40°C to +150°C for proper function. Statistically, more than 4 Elmos semiconductors are installed in every new car worldwide. There they take over e.g. functions for parking assistance, LED lighting and gesture recognition.
Parts of the extension of the test area will be funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi) subject to the state aid approval by the German Bundestag within the framework of the "Important Project of Common European Interest" (IPCEI) microelectronics.
About Elmos Semiconductor AG
Elmos develops, produces and markets semiconductors and sensors, primarily for use in the automotive industry. Our components communicate, measure, regulate and control safety, comfort, powertrain and network functions. For over 30 years, Elmos innovations have been bringing new functions to life and making mobility worldwide safer, more comfortable and more energy efficient.