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TECHNOLOGY CENTER Merck plans to build a new electronics technology center in China

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Merck announced that the company will build one of its most comprehensive Electronics Technology Centers in China. Merck China has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Shanghai Pudong Government on this strategic investment today at the China International Import Expo (CIIE) 2020.

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Merck officially announced that the company will build one of its most comprehensive Electronics Technology Centers in China.
Merck officially announced that the company will build one of its most comprehensive Electronics Technology Centers in China.
(Source: Merck KGaA)

“From PCs, smartphones, TVs to wearable electronics, China has become the world’s largest producer and consumer of a wide range of consumer electronics,” said Kai Beckmann, CEO Performance Materials and member of the Executive Board of Merck. “China is deploying a new wave of infrastructure to accelerate digitalization.

Shanghai is the right place and now is the right time for Merck to further invest in China’s next-generation electronics. The country’s post-Covid growth will increasingly be driven by digital innovation technologies such as 5G, artificial intelligence, quantum computing and the Internet of Things.”

The new Electronics Technology Center will host capabilities for analytics, application testing and sampling for electronic materials. The 3,300 square meter facility will be located at the company’s Jinqiao hub in Shanghai. The opening of the technology center with an investment of € 18 million (approximately CNY 140 million) is planned for the first half of 2022. Merck will provide local customers with comprehensive technology services and customized solutions to enable more and faster innovative electronic applications contributing to the advancement of China’s electronics industry.

“Today, China uses around half of the world’s microchips and is heavily investing in building up semiconductor fabs in the country. A strategic focus of our new Electronics Technology Center in China is our semiconductor business,” said Allan Gabor, President of Merck China and Managing Director of Performance Materials China. “We believe that a golden decade for China’s semiconductor industry has just begun.” Semiconductor Materials has become one of Merck’s fastest growing businesses in China and more than 150 products are being supplied to around 100 chip makers across the country, covering each step of their wafer processing.

With this investment, Merck will also further strengthen its analytical capabilities in the field of OLED (organic light-emitting diodes) materials. OLED technology enables flexible displays and future display-based consumer electronics. Merck is currently completing the localization of its OLED full-value-chain capabilities in Shanghai - from analysis and application to production. Earlier this year, Merck already announced to expand its OLED application lab and to establish an OLED production capacity in Shanghai. “We are proud to be present in Shanghai and the Yangtze River Delta, one of the future technology areas for OLED innovation and application,” said Allan Gabor.

In recent years, the Performance Materials business sector of Merck has been on a transformational journey to shift its overall business focus towards electronics. With the acquisitions of Versum Materials and Intermolecular last year, Merck offers a broad portfolio of semiconductor and display materials aiming to become a leading player for data-driven electronics. More than 100 years ago, Merck laid the foundation for its electronic materials business by starting liquid crystals research in 1904.

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