Yoon inspects a semiconductor investment agreement and tours a wafer ultrapure water site
On the afternoon of Wednesday, February 1, President Yoon visited SK Siltron, a semiconductor materials company located in Gumi, Gyeongsangbuk-do, and attended an investment agreement ceremony, and inspected the site.
Through this agreement, SK Siltron plans to build a new silicon wafer production facility in Gumi Industrial Complex 3 from 2024 to 2026 with a total investment of KRW 1,236 billion. Through this, it is expected to localize semiconductor materials and secure a supply chain, as well as create more than 1,000 jobs.
Yoon said, “Semiconductors are a strong support for our economy and a national security asset. There are many concerns about the current semiconductor industry, but the government and companies must overcome this crisis. The government will not spare all resources to companies that make bold and preemptive investments.”
Yoon toured SK Siltron’s silicon wafer production facility to see major processes and visited the R&D demonstration plant and asked for technological independence and overseas exports.
Yoon talks with young science technology leaders
On January 24, Yoon had a talk with science technology young leaders at Nuri Hall in the Presidential Office in Yongsan.
The talk was held as a follow-up to the trip to the UAE and Switzerland. He explained the results of the ‘Future Vision Dubai Forum’ and ‘Conversation with Masters of Quantum Science and Technology’ at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and exchanged opinions with young researchers.
The talk was also attended by numerous professors and researchers in the field. Yoon asked what and how the government supports each field to secure competitiveness in that field, and all participants cited the importance of manpower as the first priority.
Opinions were suggested on attracting excellent overseas research institutes and establishing new research institutes where excellent research personnel with master’s and doctorate degrees could continue their research.
Yoon emphasized that international cooperation is very important, while instructing the Minister of Science and ICT that national R&D funds can be properly executed and concrete results can be produced.
Yoon said, “Science and technology is the starting point of all fields, including security and economy. It is important to select the field in which we can do the best and focus on supporting it to grow.”
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