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Sony Semiconductor launches new fab in Thailand

Atsugi, Japan — Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation, a subsidiary of Sony, designs and manufactures image sensors and other semiconductors for use in smartphones, cameras, cars, and more, announced that, starting in February 2024, it has begun the operations with several production lines at the new fab built on the premises of Sony Device Technology (Thailand) Co., Ltd. (“SDT”), a production center responsible for assembly processes of semiconductors. The expansion aims to increase production capacity and improve the efficiency of the production process, enabling the company to meet the growing demand for high-performance semiconductor devices. 

The opening ceremony was officiated by top executives from Sony Semiconductor Solutions Group led by Terushi Shimizu, President and CEO of Sony Semiconductor Solutions and Yoshihiro Yamaguchi, President of Sony Semiconductor Manufacturing, SDT Managing Director Takeshi Matsuda. It was witnessed by guests including Japan’s Ambassador to Thailand, Mr. Masato Otaka, Mr. Wirat Tatsaringkansakul, BOI Deputy Secretary General and other VIPs.

SDT serves as a production center for the assembly of the main product line within Sony’s Imaging & Sensing Solutions business. The company will utilize the new fab, dubbed “Building 4,” for assembling image sensors for automotive applications and display devices. It will also serve for mass-producing laser diodes for data center applications.

Going forward, SDT plans to expand production facilities at Building 4 in line with market trends. Additionally, they plan to create approximately 2,000 new jobs with this new operation. Moreover, this will contribute to local employment and expand the semiconductor industry in Thailand.

In addition, SDT has been operating its facilities on 100% renewable energy since fiscal year 2021. In the clean room of Building 4, the air conditioning system controls cleanliness, temperature, and humidity by focusing on areas of need. They have also adopted recycling technology for waste heat and hot water. Furthermore, SDT plans to cover the roof area of Building 4 with solar panels, with operations scheduled by the end of 2024 (calendar year). SDT will continue to run on 100% renewable energy even after Building 4 goes into full operation. They will achieve this by accelerating initiatives to reduce energy consumption and adopt renewable energy.

“With the completion of Building 4, we are very pleased. We can deliver a product line-up to more customers, and we anticipate the market for it to expand over the medium to long term,” said Takeshi Matsuda, Managing Director of Sony Device Technology (Thailand) Co., Ltd. “SDT, as an overseas manufacturing site of Sony Semiconductor Solutions Group, will contribute to the sustainable evolution of Sony’s business. It will also contribute to the sustainable evolution of society.”

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