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FROM SITE SELECTION MAGAZINE, JANUARY 2022 ISSUE
From the September Issue

ADVANCED MANUFACTURING

‘You Are My Density’

New robot concentration statistics provide a global barometer of advanced manufacturing.

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WORKFORCE 2022

DIRECTORY

Manufacturing Extension Partnership Directory

In the final web posting from Workforce 2022, access a directory to one of the most useful but underrated workforce and operations resources in the nation: the national network of Manufacturing Extension Partnerships. Meanwhile, you can still revisit the entire storehouse of business intelligence and insights from Workforce 2022 at the home page for the publication.

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OREGON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT GUIDE

BUSINESS OREGON Q&A

Building Business Momentum

New Business Oregon Director Sophorn Cheang discusses the state’s diverse and inclusive economy.

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From the September Issue

WORKFORCE

WorkSource Oregon: The Ultimate Job Matchmaker

Whether you’re an employer seeking talent or a worker seeking a job, Oregon’s one-stop shop does it all.

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 SITE SELECTION RECOMMENDS 
Photo courtesy of BioNTech

News that BioNTech is going to deploy shipping containers in assembling modular vaccine factories in Rwanda, Senegal and potentially South Africa calls to mind a story we published eight years ago profiling the many potential markets — including biopharma — that SG Blocks aimed to target with its plan to transform the world’s unused shipping containers into useful buildings. At an event held at its new manufacturing facility in Marburg, Germany, the company revealed that its manufacturing solution consists of one drug substance and one formulation module, each called a BioNTainer (pictured) and each built of six ISO-sized containers. Each BioNTainer is a clean room which BioNTech equips with state-of-the-art manufacturing solutions, the company explains. Together, two modules offer an estimated initial capacity of, for example, up to 50 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine each year.

 

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KANSAS: TO THE STARS

MANUFACTURING

Made in Kansas

A new program touts the manufacturing prowess of the Sunflower State.

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From the September Issue

FOOD PROCESSING

On the Menu

Kansas has the right ingredients

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 PROJECT WATCH 

Singapore

The United States isn’t the only location where semiconductor investments are stacking up. On February 24, Taiwan-based United Microelectronics announced its board of directors has approved a plan to build this new $5 billion advanced manufacturing facility next to its existing 300mm fab (Fab12i) in Singapore. The first phase of this greenfield fab will have a monthly capacity of 30,000 wafers with production expected to commence in late 2024. UMC has operated as a pure-play foundry supplier in Singapore for more than 20 years and the location is also the company’s designated R&D center for advanced specialty technologies. “Over the past two decades, UMC has benefited from Singapore’s vision to attract high tech firms through strong infrastructure, ecosystem, and talent pool,” said UMC Chairman Stan Hung. “Our Singapore fab is UMC’s flagship innovation hub and numerous new R&D projects in collaboration with customers will enter production when the new facility comes online. The semiconductor undersupply has crystallized the need for greater visibility and mutual risk mitigation within the industry.”

Source: Conway Analytics

Singapore

UMC’s announcement above came two days after GlobalFoundries held a virtual groundbreaking ceremony for a new $4 billion fab on its own Singapore campus. Both projects are in partnership with the Singapore Economic Development Board. GF is adding 250,000 sq. ft. of cleanroom space and new administrative offices. The new fab will create 1,000 new high-value jobs, with ramp-up planned for 2023. “GF is meeting the challenge of the global semiconductor shortage by accelerating our investments around the world. Working in close collaboration with our customers and the Government of Singapore is a recipe for success that we are pioneering here and looking forward to replicating in the U.S and Europe,” said GF CEO Tom Caulfield. “Our new facility in Singapore will support fast-growing end-markets in the automotive, 5G mobility and secure device segments with long-term customer agreements already in place.”

Source: Conway Analytics

 

 

 PHOTO OF THE DAY 

In September 2020 Site Selection noted the $7.29 million sale by First Financial Network to California-based Allrise Capital of the Chornomorets Stadium in Odessa, Ukraine, on behalf of the Deposit Guarantee Fund (DGF) and the intervened ImexBank. In addition to fielding a “world-class” soccer team at the facility, Allrise plans to make other investments to enhance the location, which includes 850,000 sq. ft. of commercial real estate. “This transaction aligns with one of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky's primary economic goals of attracting direct foreign investment and demonstrates the nation's ability to sell assets to the international community,” said John Morris, president, First Financial Network, when the transaction was completed in July 2020. In recent days, Russian missiles have struck Odessa as well as struck ships at sea off its vacation-destination coastline.

“Ukraine represents a unique investment opportunity as the country continues to undergo a fundamental democratic and economic transformation, integrating deeper into the global economy,” Ruslan Zinurov, the CEO of Allrise Capital, said when his firm made that July 2020 purchase. “We are buoyed by Ukraine's structural reforms and commitment to protect property rights and improve the business climate for international investors.”

Last week, amid other examples of courage demonstrated by President Zelensky, he initiated what he called a program of “economic patriotism” that “will provide targeted support to certain sectors of the economy, reduce the tax burden on entrepreneurs, limit inspections and create incentives to attract funds of the population to businesses and the banking system.” As might be expected, the online link to that program was not functioning over the weekend. When it is, you will find information about this program and all FDI and other opportunities at UkraineInvest.

 
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