US$40 million investment in Singapore for new building with additional manufacturing capacity
SINGAPORE, November 15, 2005 – Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX), the world’s leading supplier of programmable chips and one of the largest fabless semiconductor companies, today announced a US$40 million investment in a new building with additional manufacturing capacity to expand its Asia Pacific headquarters in Singapore. To be located in the Changi Business Park, the 20,000 sq. m. building will be completed in mid-2007 to support the company’s growth plans in the Asia Pacific market. The new building will quadruple the capacity of its on-site manufacturing facility, triple the in-house process development resources and be capable of housing up to 500 employees compared to the current leased site.
“Our Asia Pacific headquarters in Singapore has exceeded our expectations by providing excellent infrastructure support for 13 offices across the region and cost-effectively delivering products faster to our Asian customers,” said Mr. Kris Chellam, Senior Vice-President, Corporate & Enterprise Services, Xilinx, at today’s groundbreaking ceremony attended by local government officials, electronics manufacturing partners, academia and other invited guests. “Based on our proven track record in Singapore over the past 18 months, we are confident that this new investment will strengthen our company’s strategic position for long-term business success in the fastest growing semiconductor region in the world.”
As the Guest-of-Honor for the groundbreaking ceremony, Mr. Chan Soo Sen, Singapore’s Minister of State for Education and Trade & Industry, said, “Today is an exciting day for Singapore because our semiconductor industry is being boosted by the local expansion of Xilinx, the global leader in the Programmable Logic Device market and one of the world’s largest fabless semiconductor companies. We appreciate Xilinx’s investment as it sends a strong signal to the global community that Singapore is an attractive location for companies to site their manufacturing activities. As a valuable business partner, Xilinx is certainly a company which Singapore will want to strengthen and deepen our relationship in the years ahead."
“Since our decision in December 2003 to set up our regional headquarters in Singapore, we have enjoyed a positive and rewarding experience working with the local government and semiconductor industry,” added Mr. Stacy Fender, Managing Director, Xilinx Asia Pacific. “By increasing our commitment to Singapore and the Asia Pacific market, we are reinforcing our industry leadership position and enhancing our ability to meet the high demand for programmable logic solutions across the region.”
According to independent research firm iSuppli, the Asia-Pacific semiconductor market (excluding Japan) is projected to grow from US$88 billion in 2005 to US$133 billion in 2009, while the Asia Pacific programmable logic market (excluding Japan) will grow from US$762 million in 2005 to US$1.1 billion in 2009. According to Gartner Dataquest, Xilinx is the #1 PLD vendor in Asia Pacific (excluding Japan) with 51% market share in CY2004, approximately 57% larger than its nearest competitor. Today, Asia Pacific and Japan together account for nearly 40% of Xilinx’s total revenues of US$1.6 billion in FY2005 and is expected to account for over half of its worldwide business in the next few years.
About Xilinx Asia Pacific Headquarters About Xilinx
Established in Singapore in February 2004, Xilinx Asia Pacific (XAP) is today a fully functional regional headquarters with 120 employees covering operational hub activities, such as product planning, supply chain management, product testing and shipping, as well as regional infrastructure support, such as finance, human resources, IT, sales operations, marketing and customer service. XAP has been testing and shipping programmable chips, including mainstream 130nm and advanced 90nm devices, to customers across the region since April 2005. The company’s long-term goal is to have XAP fulfill the majority of its customers’ needs in Asia Pacific including Japan.
Xilinx is the worldwide leader in complete programmable logic solutions. For more information, visit www.xilinx.com