TI doubling backend output with Philippine upgrade

May 3, 2007 – Texas Instruments Inc. plans to invest about $1 billion over the next decade to expand its test and assembly facilities in the Philippines. Construction will start later this year, with initial production starting in 2H08.

The new 77,000 sq. m site will double the capacity that TI has in the Philippines, and eventually employ 3000 workers. The new site will be the first ground-up facility to be LEED-registered (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) in the Philippines, based on a voluntary US standard gauging factors such as water and energy efficiency, waste recycling, and indoor environmental quality, the company noted.

“As we look toward our 30-year anniversary in the Philippines in 2009, we expect this new facility to be a flagship for the company in terms of quality and output,” said Bing Viera, managing director of TI Philippines, in a statement.

TI already has a backend facility in Baguio, which has been expanded several times since it was built in 1979 and represents ~40% of TI’s global output. The last round of Baguio expansion was in late 2004, when TI said it would spend ~$300 million over three years to boost production by 50% to encompass more business for chips used in 3G phones and networking applications.


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