Sumitomo Bakelite (Taiwan) Co Ltd (台灣住友培科) yesterday broke ground on a new plant in Kaohsiung’s Dafa Industrial Park (大發工業區) to expand production capacity for semiconductor packaging materials.
The company expects the NT$800 million (US$26.05 million) investment to double its production capacity in Taiwan, the Kaohsiung Economic Development Bureau said in a statement.
The company is expected to complete construction of the plant next year, increasing its monthly capacity in Taiwan from 700 tonnes to 1,400 tonnes, the company said.
Photo copied by Ge You-hao, Taipei Times
Sumitomo Bakelite (Taiwan) is a joint venture between Japan’s Sumitomo Bakelite Co Ltd and Taiwan’s Chang Chun Plastics Co Ltd (長春樹脂).
It was founded in 1999, with Sumitomo Bakelite providing 70 percent and Chang Chun Plastics 30 percent of the financing, to produce epoxy molding compounds for semiconductor encapsulation in the region.
Sumitomo Bakelite ranks first in the world in semiconductor packaging materials, with a 40 percent share of the global epoxy molding compounds market, Kaohsiung Economic Development Bureau Director-General Liao Tai-hsiang (廖泰翔) said.
The investment in Kaohsiung reflects the company’s optimism about the long-term outlook for the semiconductor market, Sumitomo Bakelite president Kazuhiko Fujiwara said.
Kaohsiung City Government Deputy Secretary-General Wang Chi-chuan (王啟川), Chang Chun Plastics president Chen Hou-fu (陳厚福) and Chang Wah Electromaterials Inc (長華電材) chairman Canon Huang (黃嘉能) attended the groundbreaking ceremony, along with other business representatives.
Wang praised Sumitomo Bakelite’s presence in the city over the past 24 years, saying that he expected the new investment to drive an industrial transformation in Kaohsiung — from petrochemicals to semiconductors — and bring more employment opportunities.
Companies including Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (台積電), Win Semiconductors Corp (穩懋半導體), Winbond Electronics Corp (華邦電子) and Merck Group have over the past two years invested in Kaohsiung, helping establish a semiconductor corridor in the city, he said.
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing’s (TSMC, 台積電) first wafer fab in Kumamoto, Japan is still set to launch commercial production in the fourth quarter of this year as planned, the world’s largest contract chipmaker said on Saturday in response to reports that mass production might begin ahead of schedule. TSMC said the monthly production capacity of the joint venture fab, Japan Advanced Semiconductor Manufacturing (JASM), is expected to hit 55,000 units of 12-inch wafers, using the mature 12-nanometer, 16-nanometer, 22-nanometer and 28-nanometer processes. JASM is owned by TSMC and its Japanese business partners Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corp and Denso Corp, with the Taiwanese company
US President Joe Biden’s administration is in talks to confer more than US$10 billion in subsidies to Intel Corp, people familiar with the matter said, in what would be the largest award yet under a plan to bring semiconductor manufacturing back to US soil. Intel’s award package is expected to include both loans and direct grants, the source said. They stressed that negotiations are still under way. The US Department of Commerce and Intel declined to comment. The incentives would come from the 2022 Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors (CHIPS) and Science Act, which set aside US$39 billion in direct grants as
German automaker Volkswagen (VW) on Wednesday said that it was discussing the future of its activities in China’s troubled Xinjiang region, following fresh allegations of human rights abuses. The Handelsblatt daily reported that forced labor might have been used to build a test track in Turpan, Xinjiang, in 2019. VW said it had seen no evidence of human rights violations in connection with the project, but vowed to investigate any new information that came to light. In an apparent sign of the growing pressure on the group over its presence in the region, VW added that it was in talks with its Chinese
A new artificial intelligence (AI) tool that promises to create short videos from simple text commands has raised concerns along with questions from artists and media professionals. OpenAI, the creator of ChatGPT and image generator DALL-E, on Thursday said it was testing a text-to-video model called “Sora” that can allow users to create realistic videos with simple prompts. The San Francisco-based start-up said that Sora can “generate complex scenes with multiple characters, specific types of motion, and accurate details of the subject and background,” but added that it still has limitations, such as possibly “mixing up left and right.” Examples of Sora-created clips