£9.6 million manufacturing boost for Northern Ireland

American electronics company IceMOS Technology Corporation announced today that it is to invest £9.6 million in setting up a new manufacturing operation in Belfast.

American electronics company IceMOS Technology Corporation is to invest £9.6 million in setting up a new operation in west Belfast.

The new facility, which has backing from Invest Northern Ireland, will manufacture components for the semiconductor industry and create 52 jobs over three years.

Announcing the investment Leslie Morrison, Chief Executive of Invest NI, said: ‘This investment will retain highly skilled labour in Northern Ireland, and further underline Northern Ireland’s capability to deliver leading edge technology developments in the electronics sector.

‘IceMOS Technology’s focus on high value-added activities and export markets, together with a strong research and development interest, will make it an important role model.’

As well as manufacturing, the company plans to carry out further research on super junction technology at the Belfast facility. This research will be undertaken in association with Queen’s University’s Semiconductor Research Centre.

Sam Anderson, Chief Executive of IceMOS Technology, commented: ‘We know that we can recruit highly skilled and experienced engineers in Northern Ireland and believe that offers us the opportunity to greatly advance our super-junction technology research and development.

‘This technology is used in building advanced power semiconductor devices that can handle more power and operate at higher switching frequency than conventional silicon high-voltage power devices. It offers improved energy efficiency and environmental benefits and has enormous future sales potential.’