SK Hynix Inc. today announced that it held a ceremony celebrating the completion of an expanded fabrication plant (or ‘C2F’) in Wuxi, China, on April 18th. C2F is an expansion of the existing DRAM production line, C2, in Wuxi. The Company decided to expand its production line in 2016 in order to solve the shortage of production space due to technology migration. About 500 people attended the ceremony, including Li Xiaomin, Party Secretary of Wuxi, Guo Yuanqiang, Vice Governor of Jiangsu, Choi Youngsam, Consul-General in Shanghai, Lee Seok-hee, Chief Executive Officer of SK Hynix, and representatives of clients and business partners.
SK Hynix signed a contract with Wuxi City, Jiangsu Province, China, in 2004 to establish a local factory and completed the production line (C2) in 2006 to start producing DRAM. C2 is the Company’s first 300mm FAB and has played a major role in SK Hynix’s growth to date. However, with technology scaling, the number of processes has increased and the equipment has become larger, which led to the shortage of the cleanroom space. SK Hynix, therefore, has invested a total of 950 billion KRW from June 2017 to April 2019 to secure additional production space.
C2F is a one-story FAB with a building area of 58,000m2 (316m long, 180m wide, 51m high), similar in size to the existing C2 FAB. SK Hynix has completed the construction of part of the cleanroom of C2F, installed equipment and started producing DRAM. The timing of additional cleanroom construction and equipment installation will be determined flexibly according to market conditions.
“Through the completion of C2F, we have secured mid- and long-term competitiveness of SK hynix’s Wuxi FAB,” said senior vice president Kang Young Soo, the Head of Wuxi FAB. “We will maximize the production and operation efficiency of the Wuxi FAB by operating C2F and C2 as a “One FAB.”
- Announcement of the Construction of the Expanded FAB in Wuxi in December 2016
- Started construction in June 2017
- Started to bring in equipment in November 2018
- Completed in April 2019