SurplusGLOBAL has broken ground for its planned semiconductor equipment cluster at the city of Yongin, Gyeonggi Province, Thursday.
Company CEO Bruce Kim, CEO Kwangha Suh of EQ Global, a subsidiary of SurplusGLOBAL, SEMI Korea president Hyun-Dae Cho and other senior officials of companies and the city of Yongin met at Tongsam-ri, Cheoin-gu, Namsa-myeon, Yongin, for the ground breaking ceremony at 2pm, the company said.
SurplusGLOBAL, a used semiconductor equipment vendor, and the city signed the contract for the construction three years and five months ago.
Two wings are planned at the cluster. Wing A will be build first, on around 37,200 meter-square of land with completion expected on June, 2021.
The size of Wing B is yet to be finalized but it will be designed as a test bed for semiconductor equipment, materials and components. It will be a class 100 cleanroom __ a hundred, size 0.5 micrometer or larger particle will be permitted per cubic foot of air. Most semiconductor fabrication plants are built as class 100 cleanrooms.
Construction for Wing B will also commence as soon as environmental approval is made by the city, SurplusGLOBAL said.
SurplusGLOBAL was founded in 2000 and is the world’s largest distributor of used semiconductor equipment. It posted sales of 110 billion won last year.
Its partners will also move into the cluster, the company said, which will allow it to offer total service ranging from sales to repair there.
The construction of the cluster was agreed on January 2017, but faced delays due to concerns over the environment. The review committee of Gyeonggi Province delayed its review twice, on November, 2017 and on May, 2018, due to concerns over the possibility of chemical leaks. The committee finally approved the construction in June, 2018.
Other administrative issues between SurplusGLOBAL and Yongin caused further delays, until it was finally approved to go ahead in December last year.