The semiconductor boom triggered by the pandemic allows TSMC to report record revenue, but at the same time the company is ready to allocate unprecedented sums for the construction of new enterprises – $ 100 billion over the next three years. One of the new enterprises will appear in the south of Taiwan in Kaohsiung and will focus on 7nm and 6nm products.
Taiwanese media, as noted Nikkei Asian Review, announced TSMC’s intention to begin construction of its first facility in Kaohsiung in the south of the island next year. The enterprise will begin its activities no earlier than 2023, by that time it will be able to produce 7-nm and 6-nm products. Now the main part of 7-nm products TSMC manufactures in the central part of Taiwan, in Taichung. Expansion opportunities for the existing facility are limited, so the company will inevitably need a new site for the production of 7nm products.
According to the primary source, last year TSMC had to revise plans for the development of its enterprise in China. Initially, the site in Nanjing was also supposed to be used for the production of 7nm products, but the political environment forced TSMC to focus on more mature lithography, although $ 2.8 billion was eventually allocated for the expansion of the enterprise.
At the same time, TSMC received permission from the authorities to build a cutting-edge plant in Hsinchu in the northwestern part of the island. Negotiations are underway on the construction of the first enterprise in Japan. TSMC’s spending on new capacity this year has already reached a 20% share of all private investment on the island. The high concentration of semiconductor industries in Taiwan, according to experts, should contribute to the emergence of additional arguments for the local authorities in the negotiations in the political arena. Most countries in the world are interested in maintaining peace and stability in the region.