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Infineon Dresden: Interview with Raik Brettschneider, Vice President & Managing Director

How does Infineon Technologies Dresden view the location? What role does the Saxon microelectronics network play for the company? Where does joint location work end and competition begin? What conditions are absolutely necessary for future growth? Find out all this and much more in the interview with Raik Brettschneider.


But before that, let's take a quick look at Infineon Dresden.

  • Date of opening: 1994
  • Number of production sites worldwide: 25
  • Size of the plant: 300,000 sqm (expansion planned for 2026)
  • Size of clean room(s): 40,000 sqm
  • Wafer size: 200mm / 300 mm
  • User industries: Automotive, industrial electronics / consumer
  • Number of employees: 3,200 (+ 1,000 planned for 2026)
  • Number of nationalities: 47
  • Share of women:: 25 &
  • Skilled workers sought: Maintenance technicians


© Infineon Technologies Dresden GmbH & Co. KG


Mr. Brettschneider, what is the importance of the Dresden site for the Group?
 
Dresden is one of Infineon's largest and most important development and production sites, covering central parts of the semiconductor value chain: technology development, product development and front-end manufacturing. The strategic importance of the Dresden site is underlined by the close technical connection with the site in Villach, Austria. Both sites operate high-volume production of power semiconductors on 300mm thin wafers.

In which specific areas have investments been made since the opening and what was the total amount of these investments?
 Over the past 12 years, Infineon has invested around 1.7 billion euros in the Dresden site, in particular in expanding production capacities.

Editor's note: After this interview, it became known that Infineon plans to invest 5 billion euros in an expansion of its Dresden site (completion: 2026). More details on the plans >

For which applications does the Dresden site produce? What exactly can the chips produced do and in which sectors/industries are they used?

 
Infineon Dresden produces power semiconductors, sensors and microcontrollers for all four of the Group's business areas: Automotive, Industrial Power Control, Power & Sensor Systems, Connected Secure Systems.

There are now five fabs, numerous supplier companies and research institutes as well as microelectronics-related software companies in Saxony. In which areas is the network particularly important for your company?

Infineon Dresden works closely with local universities and research institutions to develop innovative manufacturing technologies and new products.

We are not the only ones concerned about the issue of skilled workers. The ICT sector in Saxony is currently growing by around 5,000 skilled workers per year, which, if growth remains constant, will be equivalent to more than 100,000 skilled workers in 2030. What role does direct proximity to other fabs play in the context of your skilled workers strategy? Does it make the location more attractive or the competition greater?
 
In recent years, the economic region of Saxony has become larger and therefore more attractive. We find this development very encouraging and we expect the importance of Dresden as a location to increase further. However, the increasing shortage of skilled workers will become the most important challenge for the further growth of the local microelectronics industry in the coming years.

Intel is planning a so-called mega-fab in Magdeburg. What impact will this have on you in terms of supply chains, service providers, raw materials and also skilled workers?  

We welcome Intel's plans to locate in Magdeburg. This will raise public awareness of the chip industry even further. At present, we do not expect any direct impact on the supply of raw materials or the supply of skilled workers in the Silicon Saxony region.

What is your vision for the location? How would you like to develop it further?

Infineon Dresden will continue to be one of Infineon's largest and most important development and production sites in the future, forming a leading production network for power electronics together with the Villach site.
 
What are concrete support measures that are necessary on the way to this vision?

We are pleased that politicians have increasingly understood in recent years that microelectronics is a key industry for Germany and Europe. The trends of decarbonization and digitalization present society with enormous tasks that we will only solve with innovative semiconductors. If we want to keep these technologies in Europe, we need support at all levels of government - through attractive framework conditions for investment. This includes not only support programs, but also an environment that attracts skilled workers from other regions. Only in this way can the European microelectronics industry hold its own in global competition.

Thank you very much for the interview, Mr. Brettschneider.


 

This interview was first published as part of our NEXT magazine "In the spotlight: Microelectronics".

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