Shin-Etsu Handotai to double 300mm wafer production

December 22, 2004 – Shin-Etsu Handotai Co. plans to invest more than 200 billion yen to more than double capacity for production of 300mm silicon wafers in Japan and the US, the Nihon Keizai Shimbun reported today.

The investment, the biggest-ever by the silicon wafer manufacturer, is expected to increase its total monthly 300mm wafer output capacity in the two countries to 700,000 units in a few years. Shin-Etsu Handotai, the wholly-owned subsidiary of Shin-Etsu Chemical Co., will become the first Japanese firm with 300mm wafer production operations abroad.


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