Penang semicon player UCT inaugurates new manufacturing facility

ULTRA Clean Holdings Inc (UCT), which is employing 600 workers locally, has inaugurated its new manufacturing facility in Penang as part of its RM250 million investment.

UCT, with its headquarters in Hayward, California, is a developer and provider of critical subsystems, components, and ultra-high purity cleaning and analytical services for the semiconductor sector.

UCT CEO Jim Scholhamer said the “state-of-the-art facility” will ensure business continuity and enable the company to better serve its local and global customer base.

The construction of the facility, executed in phases, began in September 2020, according to a joint statement by UCT, Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) and Invest-in-Penang Bhd (Invest Penang).

The first phase covered 300,000 sq ft, focusing on weldments, frames and modules. The second phase, started in early 2022, added another 250,000 sq ft, boosting vertical integration capabilities.

With the recent acquisition of nine additional acres of land in mid-2023, the statement added that plans for a third phase were underway, promising to extend manufacturing capacities and vertical integration opportunities later this year.

Upon completion of all phases, UCT has projected an additional revenue potential of US$600 million to US$800 million (RM3.78 billion).

Among those present at the inauguration event were Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow, MIDA CEO Sikh Shamsul Ibrahim Sikh Abdul Majid and MIDA director Muhammad Ghaddaffi Sardar Mohamed. — TMR