SK Sil­tron to ac­quire US DuPont’s SiC wafer busi­ness

The Korea Times - - BUSINESS - By Kwak Yeon-soo [email protected]­re­

SK Sil­tron, the semi­con­duc­tor wafer unit of SK Group, will ac­quire DuPont’s wafer busi­ness in a bid to strengthen its pres­ence in the mar­ket, the com­pany said Tues­day.

The mar­ket is led by U.S. and Ja­panese firms. Wafers are thin slices of semi­con­duc­tor ma­te­rial used in elec­tron­ics for the fab­ri­ca­tion of chips.

The world’s fourth-largest wafer pro­ducer held a board of di­rec­tors meet­ing Tues­day and de­cided to pur­chase DuPont’s Sil­i­con Car­bide (SiC) Wafer busi­ness for $450 mil­lion.

It plans to com­plete the ac­qui­si­tion process within the year, with the ap­proval of do­mes­tic and over­seas li­cens­ing.

The ac­qui­si­tion of DuPont’s SiC unit will give SK Sil­tron a sta­ble wafer sup­ply and also cre­ate syn­ergy within the group.

The high-qual­ity SiC wafers pro­vide a solid foun­da­tion for a new gen­er­a­tion of in­dus­trial mo­tor con­trols and power sup­plies that use elec­tric­ity more ef­fec­tively while op­er­at­ing more ef­fi­ciently, ac­cord­ing to SK Sil­tron.

“The ac­qui­si­tion clearly shows our strong will­ing­ness to nur­ture semi­con­duc­tor busi­ness and cre­ate sig­nif­i­cant syn­ergy within the group, in­clud­ing SK In­no­va­tion’s EV bat­tery busi­ness, due to the wafer boom,” an SK Sil­tron of­fi­cial said.

The semi­con­duc­tor wafer mar­ket is ex­pected to grow fast due to the ex­pand­ing elec­tric ve­hi­cle mar­ket as well as the de­vel­op­ment of ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence, the in­ter­net of things (IoT) and 3D NAND flash tech­nol­ogy. Data from HIS Markit pre­dicted that the mar­ket for SiC wafers will reach $5.2 bil­lion in 2025.

Wafers are con­sid­ered ef­fi­cient in­no­va­tions that can be used for elec­tric ve­hi­cles and other in­dus­trial ap­pli­ca­tions.

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