Phoenix, Arizona, September 17, 1999 - Steve Hanson, President of ON Semiconductor and Mikula Dzurinda, Prime Minister of the Slovak Government, held a ribbon cutting ceremony in Piestany, Slovakia today to officially open a fully refurbished semiconductor components production facility. The event signified ON Semiconductor's commitment to a low-cost global manufacturing strategy and emphasized its leadership position in logic devices.
Doing business in the region as Slovakia Electronics Industries (SEI), ON Semiconductor purchased the former Tesla Piestany facility in September, 1998 based on a contract with the Slovak Government. SEI will produce metal-gate CMOS logic components and analog switches that surround the digital core in virtually every one of today's electronic systems including audio/video switching, internet and cable set-top boxes and instrumentation in industrial and automotive applications.
"We are very proud of our operation in Slovakia and impressed with the cooperation and teamwork we received in order to open this world class manufacturing facility for metal gate logic products," said Hanson. "We are the world's largest supplier of metal-gate logic devices. This investment demonstrates our commitment to the logic integrated circuit portion of our technology portfolio."
Trial production of the logic devices will begin in January, 2000 with full qualification and production expected by March. To date, SEI has hired 72 direct employees in the region for positions in management, process engineering and production.
According to Alistair Banham, ON Semiconductor's Regional General Manager for Europe, Middle East and Africa, "The Piestany site is a key part of our global manufacturing strategy. We understand the importance of low cost manufacturing from a customer perspective and this new site is a key element in achieving it. With over 50% of our sales coming from outside of the Americas, the Piestany production facility reinforces our commitment to the European market."
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ON Semiconductor, formerly a division of Motorola, is the world's leading supplier of analog, logic and discrete semiconductor components with shipments of 15 billion units in 1998 totaling $1.5 billion in sales. These power and interface products are an integral part of electronics that provide the security, convenience and entertainment in today's world.
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