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ASE, NXP open assembly & test JV in China

Posted: 02 Oct 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:assembly & test? China JV facility? ASE-NXP joint venture?

Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Inc. (ASE) and NXP Semiconductors have announced the completion of their assembly and test joint venture in China, which they initially announced in February this year.

Named ASEN, the joint venture facility is located in the Suzhou Industrial Park in Southern China, which makes it strategically placed to serve the rapidly growing global semiconductor assembly and test market.

As a joint venture, ownership is split between ASE (60 percent) and NXP (40 percent) and the Board comprised of senior executives from both companies. ASEN will initially focus on mobile communications but is expected to expand into other segments. To meet customer needs, ASEN will offer a variety of package types, such as low pin count QFN, LFBGA, SO, TSSOP and other common packages for mobile applications.

"We are pleased to see we have successfully completed the joint assembly and test facility originally founded by NXP," said Tien Wu, chief operating officer, ASE Group. "The ASEN JV combines ASE's expertise in assembly and test, NXP's technology know-how and innovative processes."

"We are excited about this partnership as it delivers strong synergies by pairing our expertise and technological know-how with a complimentary partner to deliver optimal value to our customers both in China and in the global semiconductor market," said Ajit Manocha, executive VP, chief manufacturing officer, NXP Semiconductors.

ASEN will leverage and expand the previous assembly and test facility of NXP Semiconductors in Suzhou. The ASEN facility is also targeted for further expansion within the next few years.

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