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TI expands Philippine test operations with new site

Posted: 07 May 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:TI semiconductor manufacturing? TI assembly/test operations? TI Philippines operations?

Texas Instruments Inc. (TI) announced plans to expand its assembly/test operations in the Philippines with a new site that aims to be the most environmentally efficient assembly/test site in the world. At 77,000sqm in size, the site within the Clark Freeport Zone is expected to eventually employ about 3,000 workers and will double the capacity that TI has in the country.

With an expected investment of $1 billion over ten years, the site will incorporate many of the environmental and energy design features that were first used by TI in the U.S at its newest semiconductor facility. Reducing water, energy and waste will be given priority consideration from the start of building design and construction, and it will be the first ground-up facility to be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) registered in the Philippines.

The LEED Green Building Rating System is a voluntary U.S. standard for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings that assigns a score based upon a variety of factors, including the construction materials used, water and energy efficiency, waste recycling and indoor environmental quality.

"This is an important site for TI because it will add capacity to support our growing business and serve our customers," said Kevin Ritchie, senior VP of TI's technology and manufacturing group. "Once built, we expect to quickly ramp the site with the help of our experienced team in Baguio, where we've had assembly/test operations for almost three decades." Construction is expected to start in the second half of 2007, with initial production in the second half of 2008.

Bing Viera, managing director of TI Philippines added, "As we look toward our 30-year anniversary in the Philippines in 2009, we expect this new facility to be a flagship for the company in terms of quality and output. I thank our kind hosts from the government of the Philippines for working together with TI to make this expansion possible."

TI first entered the Philippines in 1979 in Baguio City, which is one of TI's most sophisticated assembly/test sites. It conducts final assembly and testing of semiconductors for customers in the computer, aerospace, telecommunications and automotive industries in the U.S, Asia and Europe.

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