Geino, Japan–Cabot Microelectronics, a supplier of chemical mechanical planarization (CMP) slurries to the semiconductor industry, is expanding its manufacturing capacity by 100% at its facility in Oaza-Kitakoyma Industrial Park in Geino, Japan. The announcement marks the second such expansion of the facility since it opened in January 1999.
“Investment in additional semiconductor capacity continues to fuel our growth,” explains Hiro Nishiya, Cabot Microelectronics’ Japanese business manager. “We are monitoring over 60 significant investments in new fab capacity. Two-thirds of these investments are in the Asia-Pacific region. This latest expansion at our Geino facility will enable us to respond to this anticipated growth.”
The new, 73,000-sq-ft addition will be constructed in two phases. The first phase, to be completed during December 2000, is expected to expand manufacturing capacity by 33%. By completion of phase two, scheduled for July 2001, the expansion effort is expected to increase manufacturing capacity by 100%.