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TSMC opens overseas operations office to supervise fabs in U.S., Japan

04/01/2023 09:48 PM
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Taipei, April 1 (CNA) Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), the world's largest contract chipmaker, on Saturday opened an overseas operations office to supervise fabs under construction in the U.S. state of Arizona and Japan's Kumamoto Prefecture.

In an internal announcement, TSMC said the overseas office aims to support the chipmaker's global expansion and ensure high efficiency at its overseas operations.

TSMC said the overseas office has a core management team which covers a wide range of areas such as operations, product quality and reliability, business planning, material management, information technologies, financial and legal affairs, and human resources. It will work to speed up integration of the chipmaker's overseas organization.

According to TSMC, the new office is in charge of supervising and managing TSMC Arizona Corp. and Japan Advanced Semiconductor Manufacturing Inc. (JASM).

The company set up TSMC Arizona to build fabs in the U.S. state of Arizona that will make chips using the advanced 4 nanometer and 3nm processes, with mass production scheduled to begin in 2024 and 2026.

Through JASM, TSMC is also building a plant in Japan, using the company's 12nm, 16nm and 22nm processes as well as 28nm specialty technology, with commercial production expected to start in 2024.

The chipmaker said the overseas operations office is jointly led by Y.P. Chin (秦永沛), TSMC's senior vice president for operations; Kevin Zhang (張曉強), TSMC's senior vice president for business development; and Rick Cassidy, TSMC's senior vice president in the corporate strategy office.

According to TSMC, Cassidy, who used to serve as CEO and president of TSMC Arizona, has been appointed chairman of TSMC Arizona, with Y.L. Wang (王英郎), TSMC's vice president for fab operations I, appointed CEO and Brian Harrison, who used to serve as TSMC Arizona's vice senior president, appointed president.

In addition, Y.H. Liaw (廖永豪), TSMC's vice president for fab operations II, has been appointed CEO of JASM, while Yuichi Horita remains president of JASM, the chipmaker said.

(By Chang Chien-chung and Frances Huang)

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