|DNP Establishes Taiwan-based Cutting Edge Photomask Manufacturing Base|
|Thursday, 13 May 2010 01:54|
Dai Nippon Printing Co. Ltd. (DNP) has established a cutting edge new photomask manufacturing plant in the Hsinchu Science Park in Taiwan. A dedication ceremony will be held on April 22.
The new plant is DNP's second overseas photomask business base following the Agrate plant near Milan, Italy, which came on line in 2003. The new plant will initially supply cutting edge photomasks to domestic Taiwanese semiconductor makers, but with an eye on the future the Company also plans to expand business to semiconductor manufacturers in the South East Asian nations and also Japan.
DNP constructed the new plant in order to ensure a stable photomask supply system for the South East Asian region, centered on Taiwan and its remarkable expansion in semiconductor demand. The new plant, situated in the Hsinchu Science Park home to numerous Taiwanese high-tech companies, is a totally earthquake proof structure, comprising a basement floor and four above ground floors, and was built with an initial investment of approximately ¥25.0 Bln. The new plant will initially be compatible with 65nm photomasks, but manufacturing facilities compatible with cutting edge 40nm photomasks have also been deployed, and the Company plans to launch shipments of the latter from around summer 2010.
Operations at the new plant will be carried out by DNP Photomask Technology Taiwan Co., Ltd., the DNP Group photomask manufacturing subsidiary in Taiwan, with approximately 90 employees when it first comes on stream. It is planned to expand employee numbers to about 120 people by the end of 2010, and DNP is aiming for sales of approximately ¥5.0 Bln in the first business year.
DNP maintains the leading global share as a photomask manufacturer, with five bases including Japanese plants at Kamifukuoka in Saitama, Kyoto, Kawasaki in Kanagawa and Kitakami in Iwate prefecture as well as the aforementioned Agrate plant. The establishment of the new Taiwanese plant is expected to enhance the supply system for cutting edge photomasks - demand for which is expected to continue to expand - and facilitate the further expansion of DNP's global market share.