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TSMC Expands in Kyushu with Second Semiconductor Plant in Kumamoto

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) is set to amplify its footprint in Japan with the construction of a second chip manufacturing plant in Kumamoto Prefecture, signaling a major boost to Japan’s semiconductor industry ambitions. This initiative, part of a broader investment surpassing $20 billion, is a cornerstone of Japan’s strategy to reclaim its status as a semiconductor leader, with robust support from the Japanese government.

Located in the town of Kikuyo, near TSMC’s first plant, the new facility will introduce advanced 6/7 nanometer process technology, enhancing the technological prowess of the Kumamoto site. With an expected operational start by the end of 2027, this expansion will not only bolster Japan’s chip production capacity but also create over 3,400 high-tech jobs, reinforcing Kyushu’s role as a critical hub in the global semiconductor supply chain.

Major corporations such as Sony, Denso, and Toyota have joined forces with TSMC in this venture, showcasing a unified industry effort to secure a stable, advanced semiconductor manufacturing base in Japan. The commitment to constructing a second fab underscores confidence in Kumamoto’s potential to contribute significantly to the global tech landscape, aligning with Japan’s and TSMC’s strategic interests in strengthening semiconductor self-sufficiency amid global supply chain challenges. Source: NHK

TSMC Expands in Kyushu: Second Semiconductor Plant to Elevate Kumamoto's Tech Scene

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Published: Feb 8, 2024 / Last Updated: Feb 9, 2024

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