Electronics Production | September 12, 2008

NXP to close or sell 4 facilities

NXP Semiconductors (formerly Philips Semiconductors) will restructure its operations in a savings plan that will bring NXP to a healthy financial situation and position the company for future growth. As a result four factories are planned to be sold or closed.
The fab in Fishkill, New York, USA will be closed ultimately in 2009. Additionally, two other factories are planned to be closed by 2010: the “ICN5” part of the NXP facility in Nijmegen, Netherlands, and part of the “ICH” fab of the Hamburg facility, Germany. NXP's fab in Caen, France will be put on the market for sale.

The company is open to offers for this facility from prospective buyers, however, in the event that a buyer is not found the facility could be closed as well during 2009. This plan targets to increase the loading in the remaining fabs to over 90%, as well as result in expected savings of USD 300 million on a run rate basis by the end of 2010. Details will be confirmed in discussions with NXP customers as the company plans for the seamless transition of the production and are subject to consultations with unions and employee representatives.

The changes come in response to a challenging economic environment, a weak US dollar, and the reduction in size of the company after moving its wireless business into a joint venture with STMicroelectronics. The redesign program includes major reduction of NXP’s manufacturing base, its central R&D, and support functions. This program is expected to affect approximately 4,500 people globally and will result in annualized savings of USD 550 million. The restructuring cost will result in an estimated cash out of USD 800 million.

Moving forward, NXP will focus on its Automotive, Identification, Home, and MultiMarket businesses where it has a high share of innovative products and market leadership positions. The redesign measures will establish NXP with a strong base to achieve its mid-term targets to deliver profitable growth with 15% EBITA and positive cash flow.

Changes to the manufacturing operations reflect NXP's long term asset-light strategy, the need for a balanced geographical cost base and commitment to ongoing customer programs. The program entails the migration to more advanced production processes, reduction of excess capacity in older technologies, together ensuring a much more competitive operation, while maintaining a strong manufacturing presence in Europe. NXP plans to consolidate the majority of its production to two higher capability European fabs: Nijmegen and Hamburg, and to SSMC in Singapore.

The redesign program of NXP's R&D and support functions reflects the ambition to have a more balanced global cost base and reduced and more focused central R&D. NXP has matched the requirements of its core businesses to its R&D and support resources and as a result can effectively serve its customer needs at much lower operating expense levels. These planned changes are expected to affect employees primarily in the Netherlands, France and Germany. After the restructuring NXP will invest 16 to 17% of sales in R&D, which is in line with leading semiconductors companies.

The changes will lead to a reduction in annual operating expenses of USD 250 million and are expected to be implemented mostly during 2009. Further details will be communicated on a local country basis as part of the consultation process with employee representatives and unions.

NXP will do its utmost to redeploy affected employees into different positions, but sees redundancies as inevitable. The company has initiated consultations with unions and employee representatives with regard to the implications and implementation of the proposed measures. NXP plans to implement these measures between now and 2010.


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