Japanese firm plans $13M Austin production facility – Business – Austin American-Statesman

A Japan-based tech manufacturing company has chosen Austin for its first U.S. production site, and plans a multi-million-dollar facility that will create about 70 jobs in the area, according to Gov. Greg Abbott’s office.

CKD Corporation will invest $13 million into the production site, which is scheduled to begin operations in fall 2021, according to the governor’s office. An address for the facility was not released.

CKD Corporation — which is based in Aichi, Japan — makes automation technology products that can be used in a range of industries including automotive, packaging and medical.

The Austin facility will make fluid control components for the semiconductor industry, and is expected to create up to 70 jobs, according to a news release.

“CKD Corporation’s $13 million investment in the Lone Star State further solidifies Texas’ reputation as a premier economic destination both nationally and internationally,” Abbott said in a written statement. “I am proud to welcome CKD Corporation to the Lone Star State and look forward to the economic prosperity this investment will bring to the Austin community. This trailblazing company, combined with Texas’ business-friendly environment and high-skilled workforce, will undoubtedly make for a long and successful partnership.”

The company joins a number of semiconductor manufacturing facilities in the Austin area, including Samsung, NXP and Cypress.

Semiconductor chipmakers are among some of Austin’s biggest tech employers including Silicon Labs and AMD, which is headquartered in California but has most of its operations in Austin.