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US Grants Samsung $6.4 Billion for Expanding Chip Production in Texas

The US government has made a significant move in bolstering domestic semiconductor production by awarding Samsung Electronics up to $6.4 billion to expand its chip manufacturing facilities in Texas. This strategic investment aims to enhance the nation's semiconductor manufacturing capacity, particularly in critical industries such as aerospace, defence, and automotive.

US Grants Samsung $6.4 Billion for Expanding Chip Production in Texas

US Commerce Department secretary Gina Raimondo emphasised the importance of this grant, highlighting its potential to propel the United States back to the forefront of semiconductor manufacturing. Raimondo noted that while the US currently leads in semiconductor design, there is an opportunity to regain leadership in manufacturing, advanced packaging, and research and development.

Samsung's plans include investing approximately $45 billion in building and expanding its Texas facilities over the course of the decade. This significant infusion of capital represents more than a doubling of Samsung's previous investment in the region. The grant is expected to support the development of four facilities in Taylor, Texas, including a $17 billion chip plant announced by Samsung in 2021, a second factory, an advanced packaging facility, and a research and development center.

This grant is part of the broader US Chips and Science Act initiative, which aims to strengthen domestic semiconductor production and reduce reliance on foreign suppliers, particularly in countries like Taiwan and mainland China. The initiative comes at a time when global supply chain disruptions and geopolitical tensions have underscored the importance of secure and resilient semiconductor supply chains.

The award to Samsung follows similar grants awarded to other semiconductor companies, including a $6.6 billion award to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. and an $8.5 billion award to Intel. These investments signal a concerted effort by the US government to revitalize domestic semiconductor manufacturing and regain global competitiveness in this critical industry.

Furthermore, the US government aims to significantly increase its share of semiconductor manufacturing, targeting 20 percent of cutting-edge processor production by 2030. This ambitious goal aligns with broader efforts to promote technological innovation, economic growth, and national security.

As Samsung and other semiconductor companies expand their operations in the United States, these investments are poised to create jobs, stimulate economic growth, and strengthen America's position in the global semiconductor industry. With continued support and collaboration between the public and private sectors, the United States is well-positioned to lead the way in semiconductor innovation and manufacturing for years to come.


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