ASE to build smart manufacturing zone

THREESOME: The company also unveiled the world’s first smart factory using Qualcomm’s 5G mmWave technology, with Chunghwa Telecom providing support

Taiei Times
Date: Dec 17, 2020
By: Lisa Wang / Staff reporter, in Kaohsiung

From left, ASE Technology Holding Co Kaohsiung Plant president Raymond Lo, Qualcomm Taiwan and Southeast Asia president S.T. Liew, Chunghwa Telecom Co chairman Hsieh Chi-mau, Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chi-mai, ASE chief executive officer Tien Wu and Export Processing Zone Administration deputy director-general Liu Chi-chuan pose for photographers in Kaohsiung yesterday.
Photo: Wang Jung-hsiang, Taipei Times

ASE Technology Holding Co (ASE, 日月光投控) yesterday said it is to invest NT$94 billion (US$3.3 billion) to develop a third smart manufacturing campus in Kaohsiung after rolling out the world’s first smart factory using Qualcomm Inc’s 5G millimeter-wave (mmWave) technology.

The project is expected to create 8,600 jobs, the world’s biggest chip testing and packaging service provider said, adding that it plans to introduce the 5G mmWave technology to its new factories as well.

ASE started to upgrade its manufacturing systems 11 years ago, using fixed-line, Wi-Fi, or 4G technologies and other hardware to connect 2,000 different machines, it said.

The company hopes to boost its workforce in Kaohsiung to 40,000 from 25,000 now, ASE chief executive officer Tien Wu (吳田玉) told a news conference in Kaohsiung.

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