December 18, 2001 — TAIPEI, TAIWAN — Semiconductor makers in Taiwan could be allowed to build wafer fabs in China, but they will have to wait until at least the beginning of January to find out.
The Investment Commission, working under the Ministry of Economic Affairs, met with business leaders last week to decide whether to allow the semiconductor manufacturers to invest in eight-inch wafer fabs in China. A vote was taken to postpone the decision, according to published reports.
The Taiwan Semiconductor Industry Association has advocated for investments in China’s eight-inch wafer fabs and the IC design sector. Many in the semiconductor industry say they expect the government to back the proposal.
Government officials are expected to gather testimony from other industry and government representatives in the coming weeks.