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January 11, 2001
Sony to Establish Semiconductor Fabrication Platform Company
"Sony Semiconductor Kyushu Corporation"
(Tokyo, Japan) On April 1 2001, Sony Corporation will integrate three domestic semiconductor fabrication plants in the Kyushu region* (Sony Kokubu, Sony Oita, Sony Nagasaki) into a new company called "Sony Semiconductor Kyushu Corporation". This is part of Sony's ongoing effort to realize the EMCS (Engineering, Manufacturing and Customer Services) concept in the field of semiconductor fabrication. The EMCS concept entails a fundamental reform of the existing system to establish a common product design and mass production platform that maximizes efficiency and quality to allow a flexible and speedy response to the rapidly changing business environment.
*Kumamoto plant (under construction) will also be included.
The new company will move to integrate the entire process of semiconductor fabrication - raw materials procurement, production planning, mass production, quality control, inventory control and logistics - to establish an agile and efficient operation that is flexible to market demand. Moreover, it will develop and design a selection of new semiconductor products and offer Customer Service functions in order to create a seamless operation from design to final product delivery.
The new company will also oversee Sony group's entire semiconductor operations by horizontally managing Sony Computer Entertainment Fab1/2 (Nagasaki) and Sony's overseas semiconductor plants in Thailand and the US (San Antonio).
The importance of semiconductors as devices which determine the key functions and competitiveness of electronic products will continue to increase. In light of this, Sony has been taking measures to strengthen its semiconductor business through efforts such as the establishment of an internal Network Company called Semiconductor Network Company (SNC) in August. With the establishment of Sony Semiconductor Kyushu Corporation and the entailing fabrication process renovations, Sony will move forward to strengthen its overall semiconductor business for the coming era.
Outline of the New Company:
Outline of the Three Existing Plants