"We're not planning to shut any operations"
Operations may be shut, but it won't be planned - promise.
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 …
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.
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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.
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.
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