Dec 7, 2023 - News

Semiconductor company ASM announces Scottsdale expansion

A rendering of a building with a sign that says, "ASM."

A rendering of the new ASM North American headquarters. Courtesy of ASM

A semiconductor equipment manufacturer that set up shop in the Valley in the 1970s is spending about $300 million to build a new North American headquarters in Scottsdale.

Why it matters: The new facility will double the international company's Arizona footprint to meet the growing demand of local and global customers including Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) and Intel.

What's happening: Netherlands-based ASM International on Tuesday announced its plan to build a 250,000-square-foot facility on 21 acres of land south of Loop 101 at Scottsdale Road.

  • ASM develops and builds the equipment that companies like TSMC use to make semiconductors.
  • The new center will be used for research and development, supply chain, manufacturing and engineering and is expected to open by 2026.

Zoom in: ASM has been in Phoenix since 1976, and it's added hundreds of employees over the past few years as the chips industry has grown in Arizona.

  • ASM currently has about 800 employees and plans to hire 500 more Arizona workers over the next six years.

What they're saying: "ASM stayed here and we continued to grow in Phoenix, invest in Phoenix, and we continue to believe in Phoenix ... and we're very excited to see (the city) getting its recognition," chief technology officer Hichem M'Saad told us in a March interview about the Valley's chips manufacturing boom.

The big picture: Arizona has attracted more semiconductor investment since 2020 than any other state — driven mainly by TSMC's new facilities in north Phoenix.

Last week, Tempe-based Amkor Technology Inc. announced it will build a $2 billion semiconductor testing and advanced packaging facility in Peoria.

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