May 29, 2012 -- Semiconductor assembly and test services (SATS) provider Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Incorporated (ASE, TAIEX:2311, NYSE:ASX) opened its Phase 3 manufacturing facility in Weihai, Shangdong province, China, boosting discrete packaging and test capacity.
The 5,120sq.m. building offers 30,560sq.m. of floor space, and will require an additionally 2,000 employees in engineering, development, and operations at ASE. Weihai’s Phase 3 will bolster the facility’s packaging and testing of discrete semiconductor devices, such as TO-92, Power and SOP/DFN. Discretes made a $20.6 billion market in 2011, according to Gartner, and are set to grow with increased semiconductor content in appliances, cloud computing, and other applications. Also read: Power discrete semiconductors grow with cloud computing, electric vehicles, more
The company acquired the Weihai manufacturing facility (pictured above) in 2008 from Aimhigh Corporation. ASE has since invested about $200 million on building expansion, equipment purchase, facility upgrades, and R&D. Phase 3’s opening ceremony, hosted by Dr. Tien Wu, COO of the ASE Group and J.H. Lee, GM of ASE Weihai, welcomed senior Weihai officials Tang Guan Yuan, vice mayor and Zhang Jian Jun, director of the economic development zone.
The ASE Group provides independent semiconductor manufacturing services in assembly, test, materials and design manufacturing. The ASE Group offers a portfolio including IC test program design, front-end engineering test, wafer probe, wafer bump, substrate design and supply, wafer level package (WLP), flip chip, system-in-package (SiP), and final test, as well as electronic manufacturing services (EMS) through Universal Scientific Industrial Co Ltd, a member of the ASE Group. For more information, visit www.aseglobal.com.