Apple, one of the biggest tech companies in the world, is planning to build a massive design center in Munich, Germany. The new facility will be state-of-the-art, and the company will be exploring new technology related to 5G wireless and other new chipsets. The center will be the hub for Apple in Europe, as the company continues to push for new breakthroughs in smartphone technology. The company’s largest focus in recent years, the iPhone, has made them one of the biggest players in the smartphone world.
The move isn’t surprising, considering Apple already has an engineering hub in Munich that employs some 1,500 engineers. The new silicon design center will be roughly 30,000 square meters, making it one of the largest of such centers in the world. It will further cement Munich as a hub for Apple in Europe, as the company plans to bring on hundreds of new employees in the location.
Apple has stated that they believe the new center will be ready by late 2022, roughly two years from now. The company has also stated that they plan to build the center under green energy standards, as well as using construction methods that have a lower carbon footprint. Green energy is a major concern in Europe, where many companies are shifting to be more aware of their ecological impact.
Apple is planning to invest over a billion euros in the center over the coming years as it expands into the region. Apple plans to grow the center into the largest silicon R&D location in Europe, falling in line with Europe’s largest semiconductor strategy. In recent months, much has been written about the struggles to meet the demand for semiconductors. Issues with the supply chain have made electronics from cars to PlayStations harder to find since the end of 2020.
Europe plans to address this, partly, by becoming less dependent on importing semiconductors. Apple, which has historically been self-reliant for its own technology, is spearheading this effort in a bid to become less dependent on other companies for their silicon.
The EU recently unveiled a 10-year plan to become a major force in semiconductor manufacturing. As technology continues to play a pivotal role in the global economy, Europe hopes to become a major player in the field. No matter what happens elsewhere, people want cell phones and video game consoles, so planning for semiconductor manufacturing now is investing in the continent’s future.