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Home > Press > M+W Group Announced as Associate Member for Facilities and Infrastructure of Global 450 Consortium Headquartered at UAlbany NanoCollege: M+W Group Selected to Lead Facility and Infrastructure Development for Next-Generation 450 mm Wafer Platform
As further demonstration of Governor Andrew Cuomo's nanotechnology-driven innovation economy and its success at attracting global corporations, M+W Group (M+W) announced today that it has been selected by the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) of the University at Albany, United States, associate member for facilities and infrastructure for the Global 450mm Consortium (G450C), where M+W will spearhead development of new facility and infrastructure technologies and manage building and facility suppliers selected to participate in the G450C program.
"A safe and sustainable environmental footprint is a key focus area for our facility program. The eco-friendly mandate calls for solutions that reduce energy and water consumption, and minimize generation of waste throughout the facility life cycle. Our G450C partnership allows us to align on facility standards with other industry forums and drive operational cost and duration improvements that provide a competitive advantage to the consortia members," said Rick Whitney, CEO M+W US.
"Through the vision and leadership of Governor Andrew Cuomo, as embodied by the establishment of the Global 450 Consortium at the UAlbany NanoCollege, New York is recognized globally as the leading location for nanotechnology research, development and commercialization," said CNSE Senior Vice President and CEO Alain Kaloyeros. "This effort will be further enhanced by the addition of M+W Group as an associate member of G450C for emerging building, facilities, and infrastructure technologies, bringing world-class expertise and a proven track record that will accelerate this critical technology transition to support the needs of our industrial partners."
Announced by Governor Cuomo in September 2011, the G450C's main objective is to enable the transition from existing 300mm wafer size production to the new 450mm technology. Managed by New York State through CNSE, the founding members of G450C are Intel, IBM, GLOBALFOUNDRIES, TSMC and Samsung.
M+W Group and the G450C will work with facility suppliers selected from among the top-tier providers of critical semiconductor facility components, systems, and services. These suppliers will be designated as "G450C Affiliate Participants," providing a unique opportunity to leverage the strengths of the broader membership in order to provide facility solutions that are essential to industry growth and the 450mm transformation, and lead to tens of millions in additional private investments in G450C and New York State.
The G450C headquarters and core operations are located at CNSE's Albany NanoTech Complex, within the new NanoFab Xtension (NFX) building which is currently being constructed by M+W. NFX will provide 60,000 square feet of state-of-the-art contiguous cleanroom space, with completion scheduled for the end of 2012.
About M+W Group
M+W Group is the leading global engineering, construction and project management company in the fields of Advanced Technology Facilities, Life Science & Chemicals, Energy & Environment Technologies and High-Tech Infrastructure. From concept development to turnkey services the company manages projects of all sizes ensuring rapid realization, high quality standards and cost-effective completion. With its competence to link process and automation technologies and complex facilities to integrated solutions M+W Group primarily focuses on leading companies in the fields of electronics, photovoltaics, life science, chemicals, energy, automotive, security and communication, as well as research institutes and universities. M+W Group is the holding company with headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany. In 2011 the company generated an order intake of $3.6 billion and revenues of $3.5 billion with more than 7,000 employees. In 2012 M+W Group celebrates its 100th anniversary.
M+W Group is owned by the Austrian Stumpf Group that is globally successful in the areas of High-Tech Engineering, Smart & Renewable Energy, Real Estate and Technology Investments.
The UAlbany CNSE is the first college in the world dedicated to education, research, development and deployment in the emerging disciplines of nanoscience, nanoengineering, nanobioscience and nanoeconomics. With more than $14 billion in high-tech investments, CNSE represents the world's most advanced university-driven research enterprise, offering students a one-of-a-kind academic experience and providing over 300 corporate partners with access to an unmatched ecosystem for leading-edge R&D and commercialization of nanoelectronics and nanotechnology innovations. CNSE's footprint spans upstate New York, including its Albany NanoTech Complex, an 800,000-square-foot megaplex with the only fully-integrated, 300mm wafer, computer chip pilot prototyping and demonstration line within 85,000 square feet of Class 1 capable cleanrooms. More than 2,700 scientists, researchers, engineers, students and faculty work here, from companies including IBM, Intel, GlobalFoundries, SEMATECH, Samsung, TSMC, Toshiba, Applied Materials, Tokyo Electron, ASML and Novellus Systems. An expansion now underway, part of which will house the world's first Global 450mm Consortium, will add nearly 500,000 square feet of next-generation infrastructure, an additional 50,000 square feet of Class 1 capable cleanrooms, and more than 1,000 scientists, researchers and engineers from CNSE and global corporations. In addition, CNSE's Solar Energy Development Center in Halfmoon provides a prototyping and demonstration line for next-generation CIGS thin-film solar cells, supporting its leadership of the U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium (PVMC). CNSE's Smart Systems Technology and Commercialization Center of Excellence (STC) in Rochester offers state-of-the-art capabilities for MEMS fabrication and packaging. CNSE also co-founded and manages operations at the Computer Chip Commercialization Center at SUNYIT in Utica and is a co-founder of the Nanotechnology Innovation and Commercialization Excelerator in Syracuse. For information, visit www.cnse.albany.edu.
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