December 20, 2007
Asahi Kasei EMD Corporation

Large capacity expansion at China DFR plant

Asahi Kasei EMD has begun construction work for large capacity expansion at Asahi Kasei Electronics Materials (Suzhou) Co., Ltd., its subsidiary in China for the production of photosensitive dry film resist (dry film), marketed as Sunfort™ and DFR™. Upon completion in April 2008, this expansion will raise the Chinese unit's capacity from 180 million m2/year to 280 million m2/year, making it the world's largest dry film plant and giving Asahi Kasei EMD the largest dry film capacity in the world.

Asahi Kasei Electronics Materials (Suzhou) was established in 2002 as Asahi Kasei EMD's second base for the integrated production of dry film from mother rolls to slit product. With a 90 million m2/year plant in Fuji, Japan, Asahi Kasei EMD's total capacity for dry film is now 270 million m2/year. The present expansion will raise this to a world-leading 370 million m2/year. Slitting facilities for dry film are established at key locations in Taiwan, China, and Korea in addition to its plants in Fuji and Suzhou.

Dry film is mainly used to form circuit patterns on printed wiring boards used in cell phones, consumer electronics, and automotive electronics. Demand for dry film is growing rapidly, especially in China, where wiring board production is increasingly concentrated. The present 100 million m2/year capacity expansion will enable Asahi Kasei EMD to satisfy the growing demand for Sunfort™ in China, and establish the company's position as the leading global supplier of dry film.

Outline of the capacity expansion
Site: Plant grounds of Asahi Kasei Electronics Materials (Suzhou)
Capacity increase: 100 million m2/year (raises total in China to 280 million m2/year)
Start-up: April 2008
Corporate profile of Asahi Kasei Electronics Materials (Suzhou) Co., Ltd.
Establishment: May 2002
Location: Suzhou Industrial Park, Suzhou, Jiangsu, China
Paid-in capital: RMB181 million
Shareholding: 100% by Asahi Kasei EMD Corp.
Business line: Production and sale of Sunfort™ and DFR™ dry film
Asahi Kasei EMD corporate profile
Paid-in capital: ¥3 billion
Shareholding: 100% by Asahi Kasei Corp.
Employees: ≈2,600
Business line: Production and sale of electronic materials and electronic devices, as a core operating company of the Asahi Kasei Group.
Fiscal 2006 sales: ¥113.4 billion (consolidated)


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