Fujifilm to expand electronic materials plant capacity in Taiwan
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Fujifilm to expand electronic materials plant capacity in Taiwan

The new factory in Hsinchu City for cutting-edge semiconductor materials will expand the product supply capacity of FUJIFILM Electronic Materials Taiwan to cater to the fast-growing semiconductor market in Taiwan

  • By ICN Bureau | May 18, 2023
FUJIFILM Corporation announced that it will build a new factory for cutting-edge semiconductor materials in Taiwan in order to further expand its electronic materials business. The company’s Taiwan-based semiconductor materials subsidiary, FUJIFILM Electronic Materials Taiwan Co., Ltd., will acquire land in Hsinchu City and build a new factory for producing CMP slurries and photolithography-related materials2, due to go operational in the spring of 2026.
 
The existing factory, the Third Taiwan Factory, in Tainan City will also be expanded to include CMP slurry manufacturing capability in the new building under construction, which is due to commence operation in the spring of 2024. The total amount of capital investment, combining the construction of the new factory and facility reinforcement of the existing factory, comes to approximately 15 billion yen.
 
The semiconductors segment is expected to achieve approximately 10% market growth annually and see further performance advancement against the backdrop of 5G/6G-triggered communications advancement in speed and capacity, proliferation of self-driving vehicles and spread of Metaverse. 
 
Fujifilm offers process chemicals used in pre- to post-processes in semiconductor manufacturing including photoresists, photolithography-related materials, CMP slurries, post-CMP cleaners, thin-film formation materials and polyimides, as well as Wave Control Mosaic (WCM) materials such as color filter materials for image sensors. In addition to the broad product lineup, the company is tapping into its stable global supply structure, advanced R&D capability and solid trusting ties with clients to expand business further. It is currently undertaking active capital investments globally, such as the introduction of CMP slurry production facilities in Japan and the reinforcement of polyimide manufacturing facilities in Belgium, thereby building up the ability to cater to a surging demand for semiconductors.
 
The new factory in Hsinchu City for cutting-edge semiconductor materials will expand the product supply capacity of FUJIFILM Electronic Materials Taiwan to cater to the fast-growing semiconductor market in Taiwan. The factory will feature the latest manufacturing facilities and quality assessment equipment so as to strengthen its production capabilities and technical support structures for CMP slurries and photolithography-related materials. A product warehouse is being established in order to establish a supply structure capable of responding to customer requests in detail. Photovoltaic solar panels will also be installed to reduce the factory’s environmental impact. The office function of the adjacent First and Second Taiwan Factories will be integrated into the new facility for reinforced intra-factory collaboration. For the expansion of production capabilities at the new and existing factories, the company plans to create about 50 new jobs.
 
Fujifilm will make active capital investments and other efforts to accelerate business growth, with the aim of achieving 500 billion yen in revenues in the global electronic materials business by FY2030. The company continues to contribute to the development of the semiconductor industry through the development and supply of cutting-edge semiconductor materials.

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