Macronix mulls expansion plans

INDUSTRY BOOM: The chipmaker is planning to roll out new products amid healthy demand, but does not yet have the capacity to produce them, CEO Miin Wu said

Taipei Times
Date: Jun 15, 2018
By: Lisa Wang  /  Staff reporter, in Hsinchu

Macronix International Co (旺宏電子), which supplies read-only memory (ROM) chips to

Macronix International Co chairman and chief executive officer Miin Wu speaks to the media after the firm’s annual shareholder’s meeting in Hsinchu yesterday.  Photo: CNA

Japan’s Nintendo Co, yesterday said it is contemplating a US$1.5 billion expansion after this year, as brisk demand is to keep its factories running at full capacity for the next few years.

The Hsinchu-based chipmaker said there are supply constraints on all of its products, including ROM, NOR flash and NAND flash memory chips, thanks to the boom in the memorychip industry.

“We believe this situation will continue for a few years, as we are to roll out new products that will consume more capacity. I believe it will last for quite a long period of time,” Macronix chairman and chief executive officer Miin Wu (吳敏求) told reporters after the company’s annual shareholders’ meeting.

The company is scheduled to ramp up production of new memory chips — flash memory chips for embedded multimedia card storage and 3D ROM — in the first half of next year, Wu said.    [FULL  STORY]

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