Mumbai: The United States-based firm, Micron Technology performed the groundbreaking ceremony if its semiconductor assembly and testing facility at Sanand in Gujarat on Saturday. Tata Projects, a technology-led engineering, procurement and construction firm of the Tata Group, will construct the building premises at Sanand near Ahmedabad. The company also said it has begun the recruitment process for the new plant.
Reports said that Micron Technology will be investing $825 million in Gujarat at Sanand over a period of seven years for constructing the facility which will come up in two phases. “This new manufacturing site will be an invaluable addition to Micron’s existing global assembly and test footprint. Micron selected Tata Projects to construct our new facility,” said Gursharan Singh, senior vice-president, Micron Technology while speaking at the event at Sanand.
Tata Project, a subsidiary of Tata Group with its operation spanning in over 100 country, in a statement said the contract awarded to Tata Projects by Micron Technology solidifies the company’s proficiency in large-scale, sustainable infrastructure development in the Indian manufacturing landscape. The Micron Technology’s plant in Sanand would be built on an expansive 93-acre plot allotted to it by the Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation in Chaarodi area.
“This enduring project is a significant milestone and the largest investment under the India Semiconductor Mission (ISM),” the statement said, adding that the construction of phase 1 will include a 500,000 square feet cleanroom space, scheduled to be operational by late 2024. The project also includes the design and construction of a first-of-its-kind DRAM (dynamic random access memory) and NAND (non-volatile flash memory) assembly and test facility in India.
Tata Projects aims to use modern construction methods and techniques involving integrated EPC delivery through 4D BIM and hybrid modular accelerated construction, it added.
According to the statement, the Sanand factory will be designed in accordance with LEED Gold Standards of the Green Building Council and will also integrate advanced water-saving technologies.
Union minister for electronics and information technology Ashwini Vaishnaw said the “Bhoomi Pujan” (groundbreaking ceremony) for the country’s first semiconductor plant has taken place in Gujarat. The ground-breaking for the country’s first semi-conductor plant marks a pivotal moment in carrying forward the India’s vision for a self-reliant nation.
Vaishnaw expressed confidence that the construction of the semiconductor plant would be completed soon, adding that the first indigenous microchips are expected to be rolled out by December 2024.
“Today ‘Bhoomi Pujan’ of the first semiconductor plant was conducted. This is an important step in carrying forward the PM’s vision (of Atmanirbhar Bharat). The construction of the plant will be completed soon and the first indigenous microchips will roll out from here by December 2024,” Vaishnaw said.
Underlining the strides marked by the country’s electronic industry sector, Vaishnaw said, “In 2014, the manufacturing cost of mobile phones in India was ₹17,000 crores. This has now soared to ₹3,65,000 crores. The electronics industry, once valued at ₹1,90,000 crores, has expanded to be worth ₹8,30,000 crores. Exports have increased fivefold, rising from ₹40,000 crores to ₹2,00,000 crores.”