Japan’s Mitsubishi Chemical to expand into Taiwan as TSMC maintains strong growth momentum

19-Aug-2020 Intellasia | TaiwanNews | 6:02 AM Print This Post

Thanks to strong growth momentum in Taiwan’s semiconductor foundry sector, Japan’s largest chemical corporation is said to be set to build a new plant in the island country to boost the supply of wafer cleaning solutions.

The new plant, which is said to be planned for Taiwan’s high-tech hub Hsinchu, will boost capacity by 50 percent to catch up to demand from Taiwanese companies on 5G optimism, including Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), its big buyer in Taiwan, media reported.

The Japanese-language Nikkei reported on Monday (August 17) that Mitsubishi Chemical’s new facility in Hsinchu is going into production in 2021, and it will be manufacturing high-performance specialty chemical solutions needed for removing contamination during wafer processing.

Previously, Mitsubishi Chemical invested 5 billion yen (about $47 million) to build a plant in Kaohsiung to produce a tape for semiconductor manufacturing. The plant may start operations in January 2021.

This year, Taiwanese chip makers have seen increased orders on strong demand against the backdrop of the US-China trade war, 5G development, and pandemic-induced demand for information & communications technology (ICT) products. Earlier in May, the new factory of another Japanese chemical giant, Hitachi Chemical, began its manufacture of advanced functional laminate materials for printed wiring boards.



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