Mitel reviews future of Lincoln semiconductor fab

Mitel reviews future of Lincoln semiconductor fab
Richard Wilson
Mitel Semiconductor will sell one of the three UK semiconductor fabs it acquired when it bought GEC Plessey Semiconductor, if it cannot be run profitably.
Mitel, which found significant under-utilisation of capacity in some of the former GPS fabs at Swindon, Roborough and Lincoln, is reviewing the future of the Lincoln facility. According to Francois Cordeau, general manager of Mitel Semiconductor, the power semiconductor lines at Lincoln “are not an obvious fit with our business”.
The employees have been told that Mitel is undertaking a strategic review of the Lincoln site. “If we cannot make the business profitable for a long time we will consider divesting,” added Cordeau, who has moved from Canada to be based at the firm’s new UK headquarters in Swindon.
Despite finding under-ultisation of capacity at the Roborough plant, Cordeau insists that Canadian company will “maintain and invest in” the two other UK fabs, which house the 0.35?m CMOS Asic and bipolar lines. However, he did say that his next task was to find foundary work for up to 25 per cent of Roborough’s capacity.

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