Shin-Etsu adds capacity

September 15, 2003 – Shin-Etsu Chemical plans to invest $830 million in new facilities by the end of this year, according to Asian Chemical News.

The company plans to double the output of 300mm wafers in Japan to 200,000 wafers/year. Shin-Etsu is also finishing construction of a 140,000-square-foot facility in Mab Ta Phut, Thailand, to produce silicon resins; the JV with GE Toshiba Silicones is scheduled to begin operations in January.

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