Applied Materials Xi'an Celebrates 5 Years of Success
Five years ago, Applied Materials began construction of a state-of-the-art research and development facility in Xi'an, a historical city in Western China. More than 300 employees now work at the facility in the areas of semiconductor equipment, solar, training, software and procurement operations. On November 30th, the Xi'an facility celebrated its fifth anniversary and Applied Materials Chairman and CEO Mike Splinter joined in the festivities.
While in China, Mike Splinter also met with Governor of Shaanxi Province, Mr. Zhao Zhengyong, Mr. Sun Qingyun, Xi'an Party Secretary, Mr. Chen Baogen, Mayor of Xi'an, to thank them for the strong government support of Applied’s presence in Xi’an as well as to explore further cooperation and opportunities to support Shaanxi’s growth plan on solar and LED.
In 2005, Applied set up an Innovation Fund to support local research and development capabilities and scholarships for outstanding students in Xi'an and shortly thereafter committed to construct a new R&D facility in the area. In March of 2007, Applied’s new Global Development and Technology Support Center officially opened its doors. The Xi’an center is a major expansion of the company’s capabilities and is a cornerstone of Applied’s growth strategy as expansion continues throughout China and Asia.
The second phase of Applied’s Xi’an investment started in November 2008 when Applied broke ground to build the largest non-government solar energy research facility in the world, where a laboratory and office buildings comprise more than 400,000 square feet. The facility is intended to closely simulate customer fabrication (fab) environments. The solar research facility officially opened in October 2009.
Applied Xi’an is well positioned to lead the company’s solar and clean energy R&D efforts in China. Xi’an offers a unique geographic location; we have some of the world’s most advanced scientific facilities and equipment and we have a very talented technical team.