[News] High Efficiency in TSMC Kumamoto Plant Construction Sets Stage for Potential Advanced Packaging Investment in Japan

2024-02-17 Semiconductors editor

Industry sources cited by the Liberty Times Net have pointed out that the Kumamoto plant holds significant importance for both Taiwan and Japan, as Japan is expected to look for attracting investments from TSMC, Intel, and Samsung to establish manufacturing facilities in the country.

TSMC stands out as essential due to its critical role as a key supplier to Apple, whose products are also utilized by the US military. Under geopolitical considerations, Apple needs to diversify its production beyond Taiwan and China. Therefore, it may hope TSMC can provide chip production in Japan soon and establish comprehensive advanced packaging services in the future. It seems inevitable that TSMC will eventually invest in setting up advanced packaging facilities in Japan.

Establishing Comprehensive Advanced Packaging Services

The TSMC Kumamoto plant commenced construction in April 2022 and was completed in just one year and eight months. While the construction of the US plant began in early 2021, setbacks in construction has led to the postponement of the production schedule from this year to the next.

Japan is also facing severe labor shortages, but the construction industry in Japan has made significant progress. It is highly industrialized, utilizing modular structures prefabricated in plants and then transported to construction sites for installation, thus reducing the need for on-site labor. In the construction of the Kumamoto plant, Japan’s construction firm, Kajima Corporation, was the general contractor.

German Construction Firm Sends Team to Learn from Japan

The German government actively subsidizes efforts to attract TSMC to invest in establishing  plants. In August last year, TSMC finalized partnerships with Bosch, Infineon, and NXP Semiconductors to form the European Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (ESMC) in Dresden, Germany.

According to a report from Liberty Times Net, construction is expected to begin in the second half of this year, with mass production slated to start by the end of 2027. It is also reported that Exyte, a German engineering services firm (formerly known as M+W), has recently sent a team to learn from the Kumamoto plant.

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Please note that this article cites information from Liberty Times Net.