Sony set to launch ‘Sony Semiconductor Kyushu Corp.’

Tokyo, Japan– In a move to strengthen its overall semiconductor business, Sony Corp. is set to integrate three fabs– Sony Kokubu, Sony Oita, Sony Nagasaki–in the Kyushu region into a new company, to be launched on April 1, 2001. The Kumato fab, currently under construction, will also be included.

The new company, Sony Semiconductor Kyushu Corp., will integrate the entire process of semiconductor fabrication– raw materials procurement, production planning, mass production, quality control, inventory control, and logistics, Sony reports, to establish an agile and efficient operation that is flexible to market demand.

Sony Semiconductor Kyushu Corp. will also oversee Sony’s entire semiconductor operations by horizontally managing Sony Computer Entertainment Fab1/2 (Nagasaki) and Sony’s semiconductor plants in Thailand and the U.S. (San Antonio, TX).


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