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Rohm and Haas expands operations in Taiwan

Posted: 04 Aug 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Asia Pacific operations? chemical mechanical planarization? CMP technology?

Rohm and Haas Electronic Materials, CMP Technologies is increasing investments in its Asia-Pacific pad manufacturing facility located in Hsinchu, Taiwan. The investment will accelerate the company's capacity expansion to meet the growing demand for chemical mechanical planarization (CMP) pads from semiconductor manufacturing customers in Asia. Fully operational and in production since March 2007, the Hsinchu plant has been qualified by major logic and memory semiconductor customers in the region.

The Hsinchu facility was designed to allow for multiple phased expansions to meet the future demands for both 200mm and 300mm CMP pad requirements in Asia. The pad finishing operations have been fully functional since March 2007. Complete pad manufacturing, including casting operations for the advanced VisionPad platform and the IC1000 AT pad series, will be operational in early 2009. The Hsinchu Facility also maintains a local inventory of finished pads to further support customers in the region.

"Our Hsinchu facility offers world-class, high-volume manufacturing capability for pad technology, including our newest VisionPad and IC1000 AT pads for the most advanced manufacturing nodes," said Sam Shoemaker, president of Rohm and Haas Electronic Materials, CMP Technologies. "The conversion to Hsinchu supply has been smooth and faster than originally anticipated. Customer qualifications of the facility are going extremely well, and we are well ahead of our original capacity expansion schedule."

Cliff Chen, plant manager, Asia-Pacific manufacturing facility, added: "To keep pace with demand, our staff has grown faster than originally planned. We expect to employ over 200 people in Taiwan by year-end. These jobs represent a strong mix of talented local personnel, ranging from manufacturing staff and product technicians to advanced CMP applications and technical service engineers. We fully expect that opportunities at the Hsinchu plant will continue to grow as we expand and transfer new technologies to this facility."

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