SK Siltron CSS, a South Korean semiconductor wafer manufacturer, announced it plans to invest USD 300 million in Michigan, United States, to expand and strengthen its silicon carbide manufacturing and create over 150 jobs to support EV production and adoption in the United States.
The semiconductor wafer manufacturer will be creating high-paying jobs in Bay County, Michigan over the next three years to offer its excellent manufacturing and R&D capabilities of advanced materials for EVs. SK Siltron CSS developed a specialty wafer made from silicon carbine that is increasingly used in the semiconductor power components in EVs. Silicon carbide wafers when used in the EVs enable a more efficient transfer of electricity from battery to motor, which in turn, increases the driving range of an EV by 5-10%. The SK Siltron CSS expansion is a part of the company’s efforts to develop a new domestic supply chain to provide required components need to support new environmentally sustainable vehicles. The company will be working closely with state and local partners to hire and train new employees out of which 70% will be skilled workers and 30% professional engineers. SK Siltron, a global producer and supplier of semiconductor wafer, acquired the silicon carbide wafer business of Michigan in 2019 and launched the SK Siltron CSS as a subsidiary in the United States.
SK Siltron CSS’s SiC wafer technology an added advantage from its close association and direct access to SK Siltron’s high-volume manufacturing expertise in scaling-up production of semiconductor wafers. These SiC wafers can be used in EV components such as power converters, chargers, and inverters. SK Siltron CSS also has a factory in Auburn and the development of new facility will expand its employee base. The expansion, however, is still pending approval from state and local authorities.