Applied Materials may postpone or cancel $4 billion California R&D facility, SF Chronicle reports

By Thomson Reuters Apr 8, 2024 | 5:47 PM

(Reuters) – Applied Materials, the largest maker of semiconductor equipment in the U.S., may postpone or abandon its plans to build a $4 billion research and development facility in Silicon Valley due to a lack of government funding, the San Francisco Chronicle reported on Monday citing sources familiar with the matter.

The Biden administration said last month it would scrap plans to fund the program from the $52.7 billion Chips and Science Act due to “overwhelming demand” for funding awards to subsidize chip production.

Applied Materials did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.

President Joe Biden had signed the bill in August 2022 amid a global shortage of chips, in a bid to bolster U.S. competitiveness with China in science and technology.

The measure aimed to subsidize U.S. chip manufacturing and expand research funding to address a recurrent shortfall that had harmed a variety of sectors, from cars and weaponry to washing machines and video games.

Applied Materials, a strong candidate for a research award from the program, announced its plans for the California research center in May 2023 to speed up advances in semiconductor manufacturing.

(Reporting by Pritam Biswas in Bengaluru; Editing by Alan Barona)