back to article Nexperia talks up its investment in UK wafer fab, says no plans to close

Nexperia has expressed frustration with the UK government's probe into its takeover of Newport Wafer Fab – ongoing since last year – saying the company has invested money into the plant and needs a swift decision. The NXP Semiconductor spinoff insisted that it was not planning to shut down the plant or move operations abroad …

  1. Pascal Monett Silver badge

    "We're not planning to shut any operations"

    Yet.

    Operations may be shut, but it won't be planned - promise.

    1. hoola Silver badge

      Re: "We're not planning to shut any operations"

      Just how many times have we heard this.

      "There are no plans to close the facility or move production elsewhere".

      Followed by something along the lines of

      "For reasons of efficiency and economics the facility in <xxxx> will be closed and production moved to China <insert cheap country of choice>.

      The list of companies where this has happened is endless.

    2. Graham Newton

      Re: "We're not planning to shut any operations"

      So why take it over in the first place?

      1. Paul Crawford Silver badge

        Re: "We're not planning to shut any operations"

        Remove competition.

  2. Persona Silver badge

    This is 200nm process, so was state of the art last century. Does the government not realize that things have moved on a bit since then and this stuff is not anything strategic that is should be concerned about?

    1. Bitsminer Bronze badge

      Look at your calendar -- they began a review in July 2021.

      It's optics. They want to be seen to be doing something, doing anything, and not doing nothing.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      200nm? A 0.2 μm node? That's not actually a thing.

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  4. Tubz

    200nm may be old but not all customers need bleeding edge 4nm and more interested in a mature platform that be delivered in bulk, at a set price and on time.

  5. low_resolution_foxxes Silver badge

    Precisely.

    Unless I am massively out of the loop, the Nexperia Newport site has a very specific market - the power sector.

    It is not setup for 4nm bleeding edge processor technologies. They were (historically at least) setup for 8" power wafers.

    Although I do seem to recall some defence contracts around radar. That would perhaps be enough to evaluate Chinese interference/ownership.

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    "200nm" ? Very revealing.

    People commenting about a mythical 200nm process when this is actually the press, including El Reg, getting 200mm (wafers) mixed up with nm process description.

    Highlighting the UK's lack of comprehension or even basic understanding of semiconductors and their manufacture.

    So sad.

  7. Conyn Curmudgeon

    I hear there are plans to make a move on Tunnocks in Scotland too

  8. John Smith 19 Gold badge
    Unhappy

    Didn't this place start life as part of Inmos?

    Does anyone have a list of still operating UK Fab siItes?

    As it would be handy to know where to send their CV's for anyone doing a course in semiconductor process engineering.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Didn't this place start life as part of Inmos?

      Here you go:

      .

      You're welcome!

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