The world’s largest contract chip maker TSMC and Japan’s Sony Group are considering a joint construction of a semiconductor manufacturing plant in western Japan. The total investment in the project is estimated at $ 7 billion. The Japanese government is expected to provide up to half of this amount. In exchange for subsidies, the government will ensure that the supply of microcircuits to the Japanese market is a priority.
Denso, a leading Japanese auto parts manufacturer, also wants to take part in the project, taking over the installation of the equipment. A member of the Toyota Motor Group, we strive to secure a stable supply of chips used in auto parts.
Sony expects to order the production of crystals for image sensors from the enterprise. Sony may also receive a minority stake in the new company that will manage the plant. The plant will be located in Kumamoto Prefecture, on land owned by Sony and in the area adjacent to its image sensor factory. The plant will, in particular, produce semiconductor products for automotive electronics. According to the source, it is planned to be commissioned by 2024.
TSMC and Sony do not comment on the announcement of the joint project.