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    TSMC reportedly considering building new 3-nanometer fab in US, prompting Cabinet response (2017/03/20)

    TSMC, the world’s largest contract chip maker, is reportedly leaning towards building its planned 3-nanometer chip fabrication plant in the United States, rather than Taiwan. TSMC said in a statement that it would make a decision on the location of the plant in the middle of next year, but the report has already prompted the Cabinet to come out and address TSMC’s alleged concerns head-on. ##

    The Cabinet announced its 8-year infrastructure outlook at a press conference earlier today. The report came out three days earlier than originally planned, in what was widely interpreted as an attempt to respond to news that TSMC might build its 3-nanometer chip fab in the US.

    Hsu Kuo-yung
    Cabinet Spokesman
    The government wants to create a favorable environment for domestic corporations to remain in Taiwan. The focus of our infrastructure outlook is on creating that sort of environment, so that TSMC can continue to invest in Taiwan.

    Reports said that TSMC had originally been planning to build the new 3-nanometer plant in Kaohsiung’s Southern Taiwan Science Park. But the time needed to complete environmental impact assessments, together with concerns over air pollution and electricity outages in the area, had allegedly convinced the company to prepare a contingency plan. Central and municipal authorities scrambled to convince the firm to stay in Taiwan.

    Lee Chih-kung
    Economics Minister
    Water and electricity issues are the responsibility of the Economics Ministry. There are still five years to complete water and electricity infrastructure in the area, and our current plans should be able to sufficiently address these problems.

    Chen Chu
    Kaohsiung Mayor
    We understand the process behind environmental impact assessments. We are already working on parts of the assessments and are doing all we can to prevent any unnecessary difficulties. We heartily welcome TSMC to Kaohsiung in southern Taiwan.

    One expert warned that if TSMC were to move to the US, it could set off a serious chain reaction.

    Liu Pei-jen
    TIER Associate Researcher
    TSMC currently accounts for up to 38 percent of output in the domestic semiconductor sector, and it accounts for more than 60 percent of profits by companies in the sector. If TSMC moves its core investments in advanced manufacturing processes to the US, it would have a negative effect on competition throughout Taiwan’s semiconductor industry. The effects could ripple through the supply chain, from testing and packaging facilities to providers of materials and equipment. Its decision on where to move investment will be closely followed.

    TSMC, for its part, released a statement saying it was still evaluating possible sites for its factory and would make a decision in the first half of next year.
    中文 Chinese  
    傳台積電將赴美設廠 中央.地方全力留人

    台積電最先進的3奈米製程,傳出將在美國設廠,而且投資金額高達5000億,對此台積電表示,明年中才會定案,不過,受到台積電可能外移的影響,行政院提前公布前瞻基礎建設計畫,希望營造好的投資環境,讓台積電繼續加碼台灣。

    行政院記者會,要公布8年前瞻基礎建設計畫,提前三天曝光,因為傳出台積電3奈米製程要到美國設廠。

    [[行政院發言人徐國勇]]
    “政府要營造好的環境讓企業本土企業留在台灣,所以我們前瞻基礎建設最主要的就是營造這個環境,台積電一些投資能夠在台灣繼續深耕。”

    平面媒體報導,台積電計畫,在南科高雄園區設3奈米廠,不過,環評時程加上空氣品質和電力等問題,讓台積電另做打算,消息一出,中央地方齊聲留人。

    [[經濟部長 李世光]]
    “水電是經濟部在負責,在整體水建設電建設,那個部分還有五年時間,所以在我們目前規畫是足夠因應的。”

    [[高雄市長 陳菊]]
    “我們瞭解環評過程,很多相關部份我們不但進行中,也全力克服一些不必要困難,所以我們非常歡迎台積電到南台灣高雄。”

    專家點出,台積電一旦前進美國,後續連鎖效應不容小覷。

    [[台經院副研究員 劉佩真]]
    “台積電目前佔國內半導體產值已經高達38%,在半導體獲利也佔比也高達6成以上,如果未來台積電,將先進製程投資重心轉往美國的話,對台灣整體半導體產業競爭力帶來比較負面的影響。後續在供應鏈,包括封測乃至於材料跟設備,它的移動情況我想都會是後續的觀察重點。”

    台積電則是發出聲明,表示言之過早,明年上半年才決定廠址,積極滅火。
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