Intel Corp. is progressing on a $12.6-billion project to expand its 360-acre Leixlip, Ireland, campus with a new semiconductor chip manufacturing plant known as a “fab,” and has announced plans to further expand its European Union manufacturing capability. German contractor Exyte GmbH is project lead for the Leixlip fab project, which started in 2019 and is expected to complete in 2023.
The tech manufacturer announced this year that it would invest another $34.7 billion in a slate of projects to meet an expected increase in demand. The largest would be a $17.9-billion fab in Madgeburg, Germany, which Intel says would support about 7,000 construction jobs once work begins in the first half of 2023.
The increase in global manufacturing output year over year in Q2 2022, according to the U.N. Industrial Development Organization
BMW Battery Assembly
German automaker BMW Group recently announced plans to build a high-voltage electric vehicle battery assembly plant at the same site in Debrecen, Hungary, where it is building another plant to produce electric Neue Klasse vehicles. The battery facility would supply the vehicle assembly plant. Construction of the first plant began over the summer. BMW says it expects to spend $2.1 billion on the project. Production at both plants would begin in 2025.
Electric Vehicle Plant
Chinese electric vehicle maker BYD Co. is planning to build its first plant outside China on a 237-acre site in Rayong, Thailand. The plant would have an annual capacity of 150,000 EVs, which BYD plans to export throughout Southeast Asia and to Europe. Production is scheduled to begin in 2024.
The value of world manufacturing net output in 2021, according to the World Bank
Sony Semiconductor Fab
Sony Device Technology (Thailand) Co. Ltd., a unit of Japan-based tech manufacturer Sony Semiconductor Solutions Group, is building a new fab in Bang Kadi, Thailand. The plant would produce semiconductors for automotive image sensors and display devices. The project is expected to cost about $63.5 million. Production is slated to begin in the first half of 2024.
Vanadium Redox Battery Line
Austrian battery maker Enerox GmbH, better known as CellCube, is partnering with Australian clean energy storage firm North Harbour Clean Energy to build an assembly and manufacturing plant in eastern Australia to produce vanadium redox flow batteries. They are large battery storage systems that can be used for long duration storage of excess power from the grid. The partnership plans for its plant to have an initial production capacity of at least 40 MW/160 MWh, and is targeting an eventual annual capacity of 1,000 MW/8,000 MWh.