Laying of the foundation stone of the Kaohsiung chip yard

  • By Chen Cheng-hui / Staff Reporter

Government officials and business representatives attended a groundbreaking ceremony yesterday at Nanzih Technology Industrial Park (楠梓科技產業園區) in Kaohsiung, where Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC, 台積電) is to build a plant of 12 inch pads.

The 238-hectare park sits on the former site of a naphtha cracker plant owned by state-owned oil refiner CPC Corp, Taiwan (台灣中油).

Thirty hectares of the first phase of development are reserved for TSMC’s planned factory, while the second phase is to be occupied by international semiconductor materials and equipment companies, executive Yuan said in a statement yesterday. .

Photo: Ge You-hao, Taipei Times

“The park will be connected with Tainan Science Park (臺南科學園區), Kaohsiung Luzhu Science Park (高雄路竹科學園區) and Kaohsiung Ciaotou Science Park (高雄橋頭科學園區) to form a semiconductor corridor in southern Taiwan, enabling the nation’s tech industry to develop more vigorously,” the statement said.

Kaohsiung Economic Development Bureau general manager Liao Tai-hsiang (廖泰翔) said the city government signed a contract with TSMC, with public facilities such as roads and flood retention ponds in Nanzih Park being planned before official construction.

Liao said construction of the Kaohsiung plant, announced by the world‘s largest contract chipmaker in November last year, could begin soon.

TSMC said the factory will use the advanced 7-nanometer process and the mature 28-nanometer process to produce chips, with production expected to start in 2024.

The city government said earlier that TSMC’s presence in Nanzih Park could help establish a semiconductor cluster in the southern port city within five years, which would boost the development of communication technology. high-end semiconductors and cultivate a talent pool for the industry.

“Kaohsiung has transformed from an agricultural base to an industrial hub, and the replacement of the former CPC naphtha cracker plant with an advanced TSMC manufacturing plant shows that the city is on the way to a new lease of life,” said yesterday Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chi-mai (陳其邁) at the inauguration ceremony.

“What people saw first when taking a train to Kaohsiung in the past was the CPC refining facilities, but the first stop they will see in two years will be the TSMC plant,” Chen added.

Addressing the ceremony, Prime Minister Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) said the central government would offer full support for Kaohsiung’s transformation, citing the rapid development of a 5G intelligence innovation park. artificial objects in the city’s Asia New Bay area (亞洲新灣區) over the past year.

Also present at yesterday’s ceremony were Economic Affairs Minister Wang Mei-hua (王美花), Yuan Executive Spokesman Lo Ping-cheng (羅秉成), National Science and Technology Council Minister Wu Tsung -tsong (吳政忠), TSMC Vice President for Manufacturing Operations Wang Ying-lang (王英郎) and CPC Chairman Lee Shun-chin (李順欽), as well as representatives from ASML Holding NV, Entegris Inc, Merck Group and Valqua Ltd, city officials said.

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