Reinforcement of power management semiconductor business through consolidation of manufacturing facilities

April 13, 2012
Asahi Kasei Microdevices Corp.

Asahi Kasei Microdevices Corp. (AKM) will consolidate its manufacturing facilities as part of a reinforcement of the operating structure of its power management semiconductor1 business. The consolidation of manufacturing facilities will provide AKM with a solid foundation for the further strengthening and expansion of its power management semiconductor business as a core focus of operations, enabling products with higher added value and greater competitiveness.

AKM currently has two facilities for wafer processing of silicon semiconductors, located in Nobeoka (Miyazaki prefecture) and Tateyama (Chiba prefecture), with the latter being the company’s predominant base for the manufacture of power management semiconductors. As demand for power management semiconductors continues to rise along with the growth of mobile electronics products and heightened needs for energy conservation, there are increasing customer needs for products with finer processing and greater high-voltage performance. In order to swiftly respond to such needs, AKM made the decision to concentrate its management resources for wafer processing on the facility in Nobeoka. The Nobeoka facility will thus serve as the base for maintaining competitive production as well as further advancement of production technology.

The products now manufactured in Tateyama will be either successively transferred to Nobeoka or phased out. Completion of this process is scheduled for autumn 2013.

AKM will continue to focus on the development and production of competitive semiconductor products that meet customer needs, as well as the expansion of its power management semiconductor business, while utilizing silicon foundry services2 in addition to its own manufacturing facilities.


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