Lam Research Expands Chip Equipment Supply Chain in India


Lam Research Expands Chip Equipment Supply Chain in India
India's ambitious foray into the semiconductor industry under Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision continues to gain momentum, as US-based Lam Research Corporation announced its plans to expand its global chip fabrication equipment supply chain in India. This expansion involves exploring India-based suppliers to collaborate on fulfilling the needs for precision components, custom parts, high purity gas delivery systems, and other assemblies for cutting-edge semiconductor wafer fabrication equipment.
Rangesh Raghavan, corporate vice president and general manager at Lam Research India, emphasized that enhancing the company's global supply chain infrastructure with contributions from local suppliers, integrators, and strategic providers will increase flexibility and bolster India's burgeoning semiconductor ecosystem.
As part of its commitment to the country's development, Lam Research Corporation recently pledged nearly Rs 241 crore in software licenses to upskill 2,800 students in collaboration with the Indian Semiconductor Mission (ISM) and the Indian Institute of Science. This effort aims to create a future-ready workforce capable of supporting the growing demand for semiconductors worldwide.
Lam Research, which has operated in India for more than two decades, recognizes the need for greater collaboration and global engagement of expertise, intellectual property, materials, and talent in the expanding semiconductor industry. Karthik Rammohan, group vice president and head of global operations at Lam Research, highlighted that leveraging the infrastructure and talent of its India Center of Engineering will contribute to improved performance, sustainability, and enhanced capabilities for customers across the region.
This initiative aligns with Prime Minister Modi's vision of establishing India as a major player in the global semiconductor market. In March, PM Modi laid the foundation stone for three semiconductor projects worth Rs 1.25 lakh crore. The first 'Make in India' chip is expected to be available in December from Micron Technology's semiconductor plant in Gujarat, marking a significant milestone in India's semiconductor journey.