Sunlit Chemical, a Taiwanese chemical company serving the semiconductor industry, has chosen Phoenix as the company’s first U.S. location.
The multi-million-dollar investment is yet another sign of Arizona’s place in the race to meet the worldwide demand for semiconductors.
The Greater Phoenix Economic Council says it has 40 semiconductor manufacturers and supplier network businesses in its pipeline, representing 10,000 jobs and $45 billion of new capital investment.
The Arizona Commerce Authority has developed and released the National Semiconductor Economic Roadmap, a plan designed to advance the production of semiconductors for not only the state of Arizona but for the entire U.S. This plan has received the backing from multiple higher education institutions including Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, and the University of Arizona, all of which are aligning their educational offering with the state’s workforce needs.
“Arizona is proud to welcome Sunlit Chemical’s first manufacturing facility in the U.S.,” Gov. Doug Ducey said at the company’s groundbreaking earlier this year.
“Sunlit’s decision is a testament to Phoenix’s advancement as a national and global leader in the semiconductor industry,” Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego said. “Its new fabrication facility in north Phoenix adds to the quality jobs and research excellence significantly expanding in our region.”
The 900,000-square-foot facility will be an investment of $100 million on 17 acres. Construction will take place in two phases. The first phase will concern the production of high purity grade industrial chemicals which should be operational in 2023. The second phase will concern raw material purification and should be operational in 2025.
“Sunlit is excited to expand into Arizona,” Sunlit Group President Bryan Lin said. “This new milestone marks Sunlit’s commitment to our partners that we are ready to expand our reach beyond Asia and set sights on the global front.”
This story was originally published at Chamber Business News.