The distribution of funds under the “Chip Law” adopted in 2022 in the United States for the most part should begin in the current quarter, but potential recipients of subsidies are not entirely satisfied with such deadlines. Even Samsung is afraid it won’t meet its original schedule for building a new chip contract manufacturing facility in Texas.
According to Business Korea, during a regular session of the circuit court in Williamson County, where the new Samsung Electronics plant is being built, Judge Bill Gravell said that production-related personnel must begin work no later than July 1 of this year. Texas authorities have the right to require Samsung to comply with a certain schedule, since they provided local subsidies independently of the federal government. Representatives of Samsung Electronics said that various factors may prevent compliance with this requirement, and the start of work at the new facility in Texas on July 1 cannot be guaranteed.
As a rule, personnel are involved in preparing the production of chips at a new enterprise six months before the actual start of production. If Samsung begins preparatory work later than July 1, the start of 4nm production may be delayed until next year. Let us remind you that TSMC is delayed with the construction of its facilities in Arizona, at least a year behind the original schedule. Intel is also rumored to be waiting for US government subsidies before moving ahead with construction of two cutting-edge facilities in Ohio worth a total of $20 billion. There is no official evidence of a similar delay in the case of Samsung’s project in Texas, but some uncertainty remains.
Samsung Electronics plans to spend $17 billion to build a facility in Taylor, Williamson County. Last year, however, company officials said they would invest $24.5 billion over the next 20 years to develop the Austin complex, as well as $167.6 billion for the development of enterprises in Taylor. In total, during this time the South Korean company may build 11 chip production plants in the state of Texas.