Bosch invests 3 billion euros in semiconductors

As part of Piiec’s next European program for microelectronics and communications technology, the German company Bosch plans to invest another 3 billion euros in its semiconductor business. And this is until 2026. The main goal of this colossal investment is to increase chip production capacity in Europe. And above all, in order to compete with the United States and Asian players, who today own the largest market shares.

thought cornerstone of the modern technological world, semiconductors are found today in a wide variety of devices and devices. From cars and e-bikes to home appliances and smartphones, semiconductors are becoming the centerpiece of every electronic systems. In this perspective microelectronics now represents the future and becomes true growth lever for all areas of Bosch business.

As Stefan Hartung said at Bosch Tech Day 2022: “Microelectronics represents a great economic potential for us.” “This is the cornerstone of tomorrow’s mobility,Internet of Things. “And what we at Bosch call technology invented for life“.

Unfortunately, the Covid-19 pandemic has unleashed a wave of chip shortages that has affected and is affecting Supply chain World. Thus, in order to meet the high demand for electronic chips, Bosch decided to invest an additional three billion euros in this sector.

There is an extension in the menu production facilities in Europe. As well as the optimization of production for the manufacture of their memes from wafers 300 mm. Not to mention the production of silicon carbide chips.

Increasing the competitiveness of Europe

As part of its investment, Bosch recently opened two new development centers in Reutlingen and Dresden. The total cost of this operation is more than 170 million euros.

At the same time, in order to meet the constant growth in demand from its customers, the German group plans to introduce 250 million euros. This is to ensure that the new factory in Dresden has more clean rooms of 3,000 square meters.

In addition, these investments are also aimed at increasing funding in accordance with the plan. European Chip Law. Indeed, the European Union and the German federal government will provide funds for the next Piec. This is done with the aim of developing a robust European semiconductor ecosystem, doubling the European market share in global chip production to 20% by the end of the decade. And, above all, to promote research and innovation

Production of memes on plates with a diameter of 300 mm and Bosch silicon carbide chips.

Bosch also wants to be open to new areas of innovation. On the one hand, the German equipment manufacturer intends to make its automotive radar sensors much smaller and smarter. But above all, it is cheaper to manufacture.

On the other hand, Bosch also wants to modify its own microelectromechanical systems (Mems). This is to make them more suitable for consumer applications. In addition, to reinforce its leading position in this segment, Bosch plans to manufacture its Mems sensors on 300 mm wafers. Production is expected to start in 2026.

Another key point of the investment plan is the development of new semiconductors. To quote only silicon carbide (SiC). This paves the way for optimizationvehicle electrification. Note that production began at the end of 2021 at the plant in Reutlingen.