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Enovix Announces Strategic Realignment of Fab1 to Improve Operational Efficiency and Enhance Technology Development

FREMONT, Calif., Oct. 03, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Enovix Corporation (“Enovix”) (Nasdaq: ENVX), an advanced silicon battery company, today announced that it has initiated a strategic realignment of Fab1 in Fremont designed to refocus the facility from a manufacturing hub to its “Center for Innovation,” focused on new product development. This move is supportive of the Company’s strategy to locate high-volume manufacturing in Asia near customers and suppliers while locating technology development in both Silicon Valley and Asia.

Shifting Fab1’s focus will result in a reduction of the workforce in Fremont that had been dedicated to supporting 24/7 manufacturing by approximately 185 personnel, including over 125 contractors. Enovix expects this restructuring to be completed during the fourth quarter of 2023 and result in annualized savings of approximately $22 million.

“We do not take these decisions lightly and after careful consideration we determined these changes are necessary to set the company up for long-term success,” said Dr. Raj Talluri, President and CEO of Enovix. “It has become clear that Fremont is best positioned to be our Center for Innovation complementing our high-volume manufacturing in Asia.”

Continued Dr. Talluri, “In addition to these actions, we have re-prioritized our activities in Fab1. We are moving from a horizontal business strategy focused on serving hundreds of customers with a standard-sized battery to a vertical business strategy focused on a smaller group of very large customers who require custom cells, which allows us the most efficient path to scale. This shift has been informed by our strong engagement with leading smartphone OEMs who we anticipate having high volume needs for our battery in 2025 and, in turn, qualification samples in the near-term.

"Because of this immediate need and the additional resources required to make custom batteries for the U.S. Army, I directed our teams during the third quarter to reduce production of our small, standard-sized IoT and Wearable cells out of Fab1 and change over the tooling to make batteries for these larger custom cell customers.”

Due to this strategic shift, Enovix in the third quarter of 2023 cut off production at approximately 24,000 small cell units, less than management’s guidance of 36,000 cells. Enovix did produce enough custom cells in the third quarter, primarily for the U.S. Army program, that it expects to recognize approximately $200,000 of total revenue.

“Fab1 has fulfilled its intended purpose in 2023, which was to 1) drive overall yield on the Gen1 equipment and generate the learning necessary to launch with Fab2/Gen2 yields at a high level 2) build enough small cells to fulfill customer qualification demand and 3) build enough standard small cells to support customer product launches to bridge over to production in Malaysia,” said Ajay Marathe, COO of Enovix. “The operations team is focused on executing upon our rigorous processes to test and qualify our Gen2 manufacturing equipment in order to graduate from producing thousands of units to millions of units in 2024.”

Associated with the Fab1 strategic realignment, Enovix expects to take total restructuring charges of approximately $2.5 million, primarily in the third quarter of 2023, and expects to recognize accelerated depreciation expenses of approximately $36 million for Gen1 equipment between the fourth quarter of 2023 and the first quarter of 2024. In 2024, Fab1 will shift to housing the R&D Agility Line and will be used for new technology development, materials research, process engineering, and customer sampling. Enovix also plans to add dry room space at Fab1 for battery prototyping work to support engagements with Automotive OEMs.

For more details on the Agility R&D Line, please see an article by Ajay Marathe: or listen to the Enovix Journey to Scale podcast:

About Enovix
Enovix is on a mission to power the technologies of the future. Everything from IoT, mobile and computing devices, to the vehicle you drive, needs a better battery. The company’s disruptive architecture enables a battery with high energy density and capacity without compromising safety. Enovix is scaling its silicon-anode, lithium-ion battery manufacturing capabilities to meet customer demand. For more information visit and follow us on LinkedIn.

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