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UTAC opens second facility in Singapore

Posted: 24 Apr 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Jonathan Hopfner? UTAC? United Test and Assembly Center?

United Test and Assembly Center Ltd (UTAC) recently opened a second facility in the city-state to meet growing demand for its services.

The company said it plans to consolidate its test and backend services for mixed-signal and logic processing products at the 376,000-ft2 plant, which will also house a combined logistics center for all products shipped from Singapore. Production at the plant already commenced for some customers, and the entire facility will be complete by early 2007.

UTAC plans to invest about $312 million in its operations in the country over the next five years, much of which will go to staff and equipment for the new facility. UTAC will hire up to 1,000 new operators, engineers and support staff for the plant. It will also add 192 mixed signal and logic processing testers, 70 memory testers and 681 new wire bonders.

UTAC Group president and CEO Lee Joon Chung said the expansion in Singapore was "driven by higher customer demand" and "part of a larger effort to alleviate current capacity constraints across the group." The new plant "will be the first in a line of subsequent expansions of our other regional production facilities," he added.

Based on strong orders for semiconductors used in consumer products, UTAC's net profit trebled in 2005 to $41.8 million. The company said the new facility "is expected to contribute to the group's performance in 2006."

- Jonathan Hopfner
EE Times




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