TSMC and Sony considering joint chip factory, Japan gov’t to help -Nikkei

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TOKYO, Oct 8 (Businesshala) – Taiwan’s TSMC (2330.TW) and Japan’s Sony Group Corp (6758.T) are looking to jointly build a chip factory in Japan, with the government investing some of about $800 billion. ready to pay for. yen ($7.15 billion), Nikkei reported on Friday.

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The plant in Kumamoto, southern Japan, is expected to produce semiconductors for automobiles, camera image sensors and other products hit by global chip shortages, and is expected to begin operations by 2024, the report said. .

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Both Sony and TSMC declined to comment. But TSMC, the world’s largest contract chip maker and major Apple Inc (AAPL.O) supplier, said in July that it was reviewing plans to set up production in Japan.

TSMC is concerned about the concentration of chipmaking capacity in Taiwan, which produces most of the world’s most advanced chips. China does not rule out using force to bring the democratic island under its control.

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Japanese officials are also concerned about the supply chain stability of their industries, with global chip shortages forcing automakers to cut production.

($1 = 111.8600 yen)

Reporting by Shinji Kitamura in Tokyo and Ben Blanchard in Taipei; Written by Ritsuko Endo; Editing by Kim Coghill, Kirsten Donovan

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