TSMC and Sony to Build Japan Chip Plant Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) and Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corp. (SSS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Group, announced on November 9 the joint establishment of Japan Advanced Semiconductor Manufacturing Inc. (JASM) in Kumamoto, Japan. Construction of JASM’s first fab is scheduled to commence next year, with…

U.S. Request Rattles Taiwan Chipmakers The U.S. Department of Commerce on September 24 requested that semiconductor companies from around the world submit “information about inventories, demand, and delivery dynamics.” Information requested included the companies’ “book-to-bill” ratio – the ratio of orders received to units shipped and billed for during a specified time – and “an…

A weekly snapshot of Taiwan business news stories brought to you by CommonWealth and AmCham Taiwan’s TOPICS TSMC plans to build new plant in Japan On October 14, the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) announced plans to construct a specialized wafer fabrication plant in Japan. During a Q3 earnings call, TSMC Chief Executive Officer C….

Chipmaking undergirds the Six Core Strategic Industries initiative, particularly in the area of digital and information technology. The Six Core Strategic Industries policy, which the Tsai Ing-wen administration launched in 2020, builds upon the 5+2 Innovative Industries initiative of Tsai’s first term to capitalize on global supply chain changes and catalyze Taiwan’s industrial transformation. Amid…

A weekly snapshot of Taiwan business news stories brought to you by CommonWealth and AmCham Taiwan’s TOPICS Manufacturing Activity Continues to Flourish The Chung-Hwa Institution for Economic Research (CIER) announced on September 1 that its Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) had fallen 3.1 points in August to 62.1. Although the PMI has maintained a score of…

A weekly snapshot of Taiwan business news stories brought to you by CommonWealth and AmCham Taiwan’s TOPICS Technology Parks Report Record Gains According to the Ministry of Economic Affairs’ Export Processing Zone Administration (EPZA), the acceleration of emerging technology applications and strong demand for chips brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic has raised the revenue…

For DuPont, a U.S.-headquartered multinational with a 200-year history, consistently being at the forefront of innovation in the advanced materials production industry is no small feat. The company has brought its innovative spirit and ability to continuously adapt and reinvent itself to all of its business endeavors, seeking solutions to solve the world’s most challenging…

As the climate crisis continues to impact people and communities across the globe, governments, civil society, and private industry are coming together to begin counteracting the worst effects of this phenomenon, as well as to bring countries closer to their future goals of achieving net-zero carbon emissions. To aid in this collective response, Taiwan’s semiconductor…

A weekly snapshot of Taiwan business news stories brought to you by CommonWealth and AmCham Taiwan’s TOPICS CPC, Qatar Petroleum Sign LNG Deal On July 7, Taiwan’s state-owned petroleum company CPC and Qatar Petroleum signed a Sales and Purchase Agreement for Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). Under the agreement, the CPC will purchase 1.25 million tons…