The German Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Sigmar Gabriel today visited Infineon Technologies Dresden GmbH. He was accompanied by Martin Dulig, the Saxon State Minister for Economic Affairs, Labor and Transport, and Iris Gleicke, Parliamentary State Secretary and German Federal Government Commissioner for the New Federal States.
Gabriel spoke with Dr. Reinhard Ploss, CEO of Infineon Technologies AG, and the Infineon Dresden management about the importance of the semiconductor industry for Germany as an economic site. Another topic was Industry 4.0, the development of a connected and intelligent factory of the future. Gabriel was able to get a sneak peak of the opportunities of this trend through a live link to the current production of Infineon.
“Industry 4.0 is a great opportunity for Germany if we use it right,” said Ploss. “Data security is critical to the successful implementation of this future-oriented project and to the success of German companies competing in the global market.” Confidence in data security is decisive for the successful implementation of ‘Industry 4.0’. Security chips from Infineon improve system integrity and data security.
Gabriel learned about new product and system solutions and the strategic “from product to system” approach Infineon pursues. Ploss explained: “With a broad understanding of the system, Infineon is contributing to innovations in successful German industries such as automotive engineering, industrial equipment and energy technology. We understand our role as system partners of our clients.”
In Dresden, with roughly 2,000 employees, Infineon runs one of its largest and most modern manufacturing and technology development sites. In the past five years, Infineon has invested around Euro 600 million in Dresden. On the one hand, the funds were allocated to production on 200-millimeter silicon wafers. Today, the company’s 200-millimeter production line is the most highly automated anywhere in the world. Also, in Dresden, Infineon is currently building the world's first high-volume production of power semiconductors on 300-millimeter thin wafers and is also planning on investing several hundred million euros in the coming years.
Infineon Technologies AG (infineon.com) is a world leader in semiconductor solutions that make life easier, safer and greener. Microelectronics from Infineon is the key to a better future. In the 2014 fiscal year (ending September 30), the company reported sales of Euro 4.3 billion with about 29,800 employees worldwide. In January 2015, Infineon acquired US-based International Rectifier Corporation with revenues of USD 1.1 billion (fiscal year 2014 ending June 29) and approximately 4,200 employees.
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