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Advanced Semiconductor Engineering, Inc. (ASE) hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for its K13 facility at the Nantze Export Processing Zone I. Key officials and VIPs including Ms Wang Mei-Hua, Minister of Economic Affairs; Mr Huang Wen-Guu, Director General of the Export Processing Zone Administration; Mr Chen Chi-Mai, Mayor-elect of Kaohsiung and Ms Liu Shyh-fang, Member of the Legislative Yuan were invited to witness another significant milestone set by ASE.
The rapid progress in 5G development has boosted demand for semiconductors, and to meet the explosive industry growth, major semiconductor players have continuously deployed investments. ASE is riding this industry trend by accelerating the process of smart manufacturing and expanding the scale of advanced manufacturing and production capacity. ASE will invest an initial NTD8 billion in the construction of the K13 facility, scheduled to be completed in 2023. The company will invest another NTD18 billion to expand manufacturing capacity for advanced packaging. Upon completion, ASE K13 is estimated to generate USD500 million annual revenue at full capacity. The facility will further create 2,800 jobs including the recruitment of semiconductor professionals that will help to strengthen Taiwan's semiconductor industry leadership in the 5G market.
“5G is the next evolution in technology that will boost business opportunities significantly. ASE will continue its investments in advanced manufacturing, integrate R&D and technology talents in Kaohsiung, seize opportunities for the future, and exert its influence in the global semiconductor industry.” - Dr Tien Wu, Chief Executive Officer, ASE
The construction of K13 at NEPZ (I) is part of ASE's "6 factories in 5 years" investment plan, and an extension of the smart innovation model at NEPZ (II). Together with the investment in the K18 advanced packaging factory under the auspices of the ‘NEPZ Diamond Field Renewal Project’, ASE remains at the forefront in strategic deployment and is committed to build a complete semiconductor industry cluster in Kaohsiung that will drive the peak of production capacity.
K13 is designed with 2 floors underground and 12 floors above ground, with a total area of over 32,000 square meters. In addition to incorporating green building concepts of energy saving and environmental protection, the design also takes into account the needs of employees to create a comfortable and friendly workplace environment.