January 12, 2005 – Infineon Technologies, the German semiconductor manufacturer, is planning to construct a new factory in Taiwan in collaboration with its Taiwanese partner Nanya, reported The Financial Times. Construction is expected to commence shortly.
The factory will be used by Inotera, a joint venture founded by the two companies, which will be responsible for all the necessary investments. No details have been given of the expected costs of the factory; another factory that has already been constructed by the joint venture and that went into service last year cost 2.2 billion euros (US$2.8 billion).
The new building is expected to be complete by next year, although it has not yet been decided when production will begin. In opening a second factory, Inotera is hoping to be as flexible as possible so that it can increase its capacity during an upturn on the market.