ASE, NXP finalize China backend JV

September 28, 2007 – Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Inc. (ASE) and NXP Semiconductors have completed their assembly/test JV in Suzhou, China, about 10 months after its formation.

The business, launched in February 2007 with ASE as the 60/40 majority owner, initially will focus on mobile communications, though the firms expect to eventually expand to other segments, and offer a variety of package types such as low pin count QFN, LFBGA, SO, TSSOP and other common packages for mobile applications.

The business, officially named “ASEN,” will use NXP’s existing assembly/test facility in Suzhou, with further expansion planned in the next few years, the companies said in a statement.

“The ASEN JV combines ASE’s expertise in assembly and test, NXP’s technology know-how and innovative processes,” stated Tien Wu, COO of ASE Group. Ajit Manocha, EVP and chief manufacturing officer at NXP, added that the partnership also shows NXP as a pioneer of the “asset-light” strategy in assembly and test.


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