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Infineon opens Austria plant early in chip capacity boost



VILLACH, Austria: Germany's Infineon opened a 1.6 billion euro ($1.9 billion) plant in Austria on Friday, boosting its ability to supply power chips for cars, data centres and renewable power.

Infineon is adding capacity as global semiconductor supply chains remain under extreme stress, with most leading carmakers being forced to idle production due to chip shortages.

The Villach factory, ready three months early, will make chips on 300 mm wafers thinner than a human hair, operating in tandem as a 'megafab' with an existing German plant in Dresden.

"Our timing in adding new capacity couldn't be better, considering growing demand for power-management semiconductors," CEO Reinhard Ploss said before an opening ceremony with Austrian Chancellor Sebastia

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Adidas launches vomit and beer-repellent sneaker for Oktoberfest

Monday, 2 October 2017 :  Adidas Germany has launched a vomit-proof and water-repellent shoe specifically for Oktoberfest to protect wearers from rain, spilled beer, and other assorted liquids. Along with the lederhosen, dirndl and the Bavarian or Alpine hat, festival revellers headed to Oktoberfest this month can complete their outfit with …

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