Germany's Bosch to open automotive chip factory in June

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German technology group Bosch said on Monday it would open an automotive chip factory in Dresden in June to build on its leadership in sensor chips that will boost the electric car industry.

The 1 billion euro ($1.2 billion) plant will produce sensor chips to be installed in electric and hybrid electric vehicles.

Bosch began testing the fully automated production of prototype chips, a step towards starting full-scale production at the end of the year, it said.

The plant will not produce all of the sort of semiconductor chips now in short supply, causing disruptions to the global car industry, but so-called ASICs (application-specific integrated circuit) microchips, remedying parts of the bottlenecks and only from the end of 2021 onwards.

The factory, partly financed by the Free State of Saxony and federal government in Berlin, will employ 700 people. Plans for the plant were announced in 2017.

The local and federal governments want to make Dresden a centre for semiconductor research and manufacturing.

($1 = 0.8409 euros)

(This story corrects description of properties of Dresden chips in para 2, role in midst of global chip shortage in para 4)

(Reporting by Ilona Wissenbach, writing by Vera Eckert; Editing by Edmund Blair)