STMicroelectronics Opens New Plant in Morocco

April 18, 1999 by Jeff Shepard

STMicroelectronics' (Bouskoura, Morocco) new assembly and test plant at Bouskoura, near Casablanca, was formally inaugurated by His Majesty Mohammed VI, King of Morocco, in a ceremony attended by the Ambassadors of France and Italy, Michel de Bonnecorse and Guido Martini; members of the Moroccan government, and by Pasquale Pistorio, president and CEO of STMicroelectronics.

Using state-of-the-art fully automated production techniques, the new plant is designed to produce as many as 25 million integrated circuits per day, and is expected to employ 2,500 people when full capacity is reached. In its current ramp-up phase, the plant employs 733 people and has an installed capacity of 2.3 million devices per day.

Representing a planned investment by ST of $300.0 million, of which $107.0 million has been planned for buildings and facilities only, the new plant includes 32,000 square meters of clean room area and 4,000 square meters of warehouse facilities. It will produce a wide range of semiconductor products, which will be exported to customers worldwide.

"With our long and successful history of working with the Moroccan people, we are delighted with the Bouskoura 2000 project and are fully confident that our new plant will be a formidable addition to our global network of world-class manufacturing facilities," said Pistorio. "The energy, education and commitment of our people in Morocco has contributed significantly to our worldwide success to date and will undoubtedly continue to do so."