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Edwards Invests in New Arizona Facility


200,000-square-foot facility will support the fast-growing North American semiconductor market

Edwards, supplier of vacuum and abatement services and solutions to the semiconductor industry, has announced its investment in a new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Chandler, Arizona, North America.

The new 200,000-square-foot facility will use the latest manufacturing and digital technologies to support the fast-growing North American semiconductor market with services and solutions for the efficient and environmentally sustainable production of chips.

"Unprecedented growth in the semiconductor market to meet the world's growing consumer demand has resulted in extraordinary growth in demand for Edwards’ products and services," said Troy Metcalf, president of Edwards Semiconductor Service. "Looking ahead, this growth is set to continue, with our customers in the USA investing billions of dollars in additional manufacturing capacity. At Edwards, we have a long tradition of supporting our customers with local service and manufacturing capabilities, and our investment in the Chandler facility continues that tradition. With the utilisation of the latest in smart manufacturing techniques and advanced automation, this new facility will be instrumental in supporting the safe, productive and environmentally sustainable manufacturing of semiconductors in North America."

The Chandler facility will also feature warehousing facilities, factory areas, meeting rooms, and a dedicated training centre. It is anticipated that the new facility will create approximately 200 new jobs in the local area, with scope to grow along with the market.

Construction of the new site in Chandler is underway and from the third quarter of this year, the facility will commence the remanufacturing and assembly of equipment essential to meet the demand for new semiconductor fab requirements. It will use advanced automation and data solutions to disassemble, clean, inspect, repair, replace and reassemble vacuum pumps.

Reduced transportation through close customer proximity, along with water recycling and the use of renewable energy will all contribute to more sustainable manufacturing operations.

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