[News] TSMC’s Overseas Investments on Track; Kumamoto Plant Opening on 2/24

2024-01-19 Semiconductors editor

TSMC Chairman Mark Liu discussed TSMC’s global expansion during earnings conference yesterday, stating that progress in the construction of TSMC’s facilities in Japan, the United States, and Germany will proceed according to the original plans. The Kumamoto facility in Japan is set to hold its opening ceremony on February 24, with mass production scheduled for the fourth quarter of this year.

According to reports from the Central News Agency, Liu mentioned that TSMC will continue to invest in Taiwan to meet the growing demand from customers. The 3-nanometer capacity will be expanded in the Tainan Science Park, with 2-nanometer production slated for 2025, based in Hsinchu and Kaohsiung. Additionally, the government has approved the expansion of the second phase of the Central Science Park, and TSMC will proceed accordingly.

He stated that the Japanese special process wafer plant will adopt 12, 16, 22, and 28-nanometer processes, with the opening ceremony scheduled for February 24 and mass production planned for the fourth quarter of 2024.

Regarding the Arizona facility in the United States, Liu mentioned that TSMC is closely cooperating with local trade and labor unions. An agreement has been signed with the Arizona Building and Construction Trades Council (AZBTC), including union training, aiming to achieve a win-win situation. The 4-nanometer process is set to begin production in the first half of 2025, providing manufacturing quality and reliability on par with Taiwan wafer plants.

As for the special process wafer plant in Germany, Liu mentioned that it will primarily address automotive and industrial needs. With support from joint venture partners, the German federal government, and local governments, construction is set to commence as scheduled in the second half of 2024.

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Please note that this article cites information from Central News Agency