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TSMC set to continue chip plant expansion

TSMC set to continue chip plant expansion

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., the world's largest maker of customized chips, said it will continue to expand its chip plants, while it declined to confirm a report it may build five wafer factories.
The company plans to build five 12-inch wafer plants in Taiwan in the next few years, the Economic Daily News reported yesterday, citing an unidentified Ministry of Economic Affairs official.
"Definitely we'll continue expansion, but others' definition of a plant is different from ours," Taiwan Semiconductor spokesman Tzeng Jinn-haw said in a phone interview. He said that each of the Hsinchu-based company's 12-inch plants has three stages of expansion, each of which could be defined as a new plant.
Taiwan Semiconductor said November 8 that it plans to begin construction of a 12-inch chip factory in Taiwan in April. The plants can lower costs and increase yield per wafer, compared with the older eight-inch factories.
Taiwan Semiconductor controls more than half of the world's market for making chips to client specifications, according to researcher IC Insights. The company said in October that it expects spending on factories and equipment this year to be "slightly higher" than the US$2.6 billion for 2006. Tzeng said yesterday that the company has not revised its spending plans.
Taiwan will have a total of 18 12-inch wafer plants by 2009, making the island the worldwide leader in the technology, the Taipei-based Economic Daily News said.


Updated : 2021-05-17 19:18 GMT+08:00