Ground-breaking ceremony held at ASE NT$12 billion production site

Taipei, Taiwan-based Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Inc. (ASE), the world's largest integrated circuit packaging and testing service supplier, broke ground a new factory worth about NT$12.5 billion (US$416 million) in Kaohsiung Tuesday.

The plant is located in the Nantze Export Processing Zone and construction is scheduled to be completed in the first quarter of 2020.

After becoming operational, the plant is expected to create 1,840 new jobs and at full capacity have production value of NT$10 billion a year, ASE said.

The new plant will also boost ASE's total workforce to about 60,000 worldwide, with 26,000 in Kaohsiung, the IC service provider said.

At the ground-breaking ceremony, ASE Chairman Jason Chang (???) expressed gratitude to Kaohsiung City government for assisting the K25 investment project and said he hopes the investment will help boost economic development in the city.

In response, Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (??) said the city government will continue to lend assistance to ASE, including helping the company secure land for new plant construction and looks forward to the IC giant investing more in Kaohsiung.

On its website, ASE indicates it has production sites in Taiwan's Kaohsiung and Chungli, China's Shanghai, Kunshan, Wuxi and Weihai, South Korea's Paju, Japan's Yamagata, Malaysia's Penang and Singapore.

The new Kaohsiung plant, coded named K25, is part of ASE's on-going five-year program to develop six new factories providing high-end IC packaging and testing technology to meet the needs of developers of fast-evolving tech gadgets on the global market.

Production has already started at three of the factories with investment totaling NT$100 billion, while a fourth is scheduled to begin production in the first quarter of next year, and the fifth ASE obtained through acquisition is ready for production.

The six factories are designed to cater to clients specializing in a wide range of booming applications, such as artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, big data analysis and robot development, ASE said.

With its six new plants in production, ASE is expected to become a hub of high-end technology development and provide clients with comprehensive one-stop solutions in smart production.

As for the latest K25 plant, ASE said it will provide testing and packaging services for chips used in advanced 3C devices, communications, automotive electronics and graphics.

According to ASE, the K25 plant, which has been designed as a green building and is highly energy efficient, will have a total floor area of more than 10,000 ping (one pings=3.3 square meters) and the total cost of construction will be about US$57 million.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel