Welsh firms are expected to benefit from the lion’s share of contracts worth $35m (£21m) when International Rectifier, the Los Angeles automotive electronics supplier, starts sourcing equipment for its new assembly plant in Penllergaer, near Swansea.
The 8,360sq m factory will produce specialist electronic motion and power control modules which improve vehicle performance and energy efficiency.
Equipment contracts will be placed early next year. Production is due to start in July, with full capacity reached in four years.
The assembly plant will produce 25 million units worth £150m a year and will employ 500 people.
Ian Warbrick, vice-president, manufacturing, confirmed that the company would be likely to seek a local supply of equipment, citing the ‘favourable electronic infrastructure in the Swansea area’.
Ten modular assembly lines used for die bonding, wire bonding, furnace treatment, encapsulation and test are to be installed at Penllergaer at the rate of two lines a year.
The £25m factory development will include a 3,716sq m clean room.