The Bosch plant, which received 200 million euros ($243 million) in state aid under a European Union investment scheme, will start making chips for power tools in July with output of automotive chips to follow from September.
Chancellor Angela Merkel and Margrethe Vestager, the vice-president of the European Union’s executive Commission, were due to take part in a virtual opening ceremony.
“The state-of-the-art technology in Bosch’s new semiconductor factory in Dresden shows what outstanding results can be achieved when industry and government join forces,” Bosch quoted Vestager as saying.
Kroeger said Bosch supported a broader strategic push by Brussels to revive Europe’s semiconductor industry — its latest plan that was recently unveiled targets doubling the region’s share of chip production to 20 percent by 2030.
Striking the right balance between backing the leading-edge production technology and formats that will enjoy long-term demand would be important, he said: “We need to find the right sweet spot.”
Bosch is ranked No. 1 on Automotive News’ list of the top 100 global suppliers, with worldwide parts sales to automakers of $46.56 billion in 2019.