By: Huang Li-yun, Pan Chih-yi, Wu Jui-chi and Frances Huang
Taipei, Jan. 7 (CNA) Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) on Monday
denied reports that some of its confidential information may have been leaked to China through the theft of trade secrets from the Taiwan subsidiary of German chemical giant BASF.
TSMC, the world’s biggest contract chipmaker, acknowledged that it is one of BASF Taiwan’s clients but said their cooperation did not lead to a leak of trade secrets from the semiconductor company to China.
The theft also did not impose any material impact on the company, TSMC said in a statement in response to local media reports that it was affected by the theft of BASF trade secrets.
BASF produces chemical solutions used in semiconductor manufacturing processes and supplies electronic materials to leading semiconductor manufacturers in Taiwan and abroad, including TSMC. [FULL STORY]