Semiconductor equipment maker MKS negotiating acquisition of specialty chemicals group Atotech Ltd: Sources

According to sources familiar with the matter at hand, MKS Instruments Inc, a semiconductor equipment maker, has approached Atotech Ltd, a specialty chemicals group, with an acquisition offer. The potential deal will see MKS expand it’s offerings in chip manufacturing through the addition of Atotech’s plating chemicals. The offer comes a few months after Atotech…

Japanese companies will collaborate with TSMC to gain chip making edge

In a report, Japan’s Nikkei newspaper said, around 20 Japanese companies, including electronic component maker Ibiden Co, will collaborate with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC) to develop chip manufacturing technology in Japan. Fifty percent of $337 million (37 billion yen), the cost of the research facility, will be borne by the Japanese government In February,…

Taiwan’s TSMC to build $12 Billion chip facility in Arizona

On Friday, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd announced it will build a $12 billion chip factory in Arizona with the company saying it reflects a “strong partnership” with the U.S. government. The development coincides with the Trump Administration’s efforts to bring in more manufacturing activity to the United States. The chip factory will create 1,600…

Venture capital arm of Intel Corp invests in 2 Chinese startups

On Wednesday, the venture arm of U.S. chipmaker Intel Corp, Intel Capital stated it has invested in two Chinese startups in the semiconductor sector. The fresh investments comes at a time when there is heightened tensions between Washington and Beijing over chip manufacturing. One of the Chinese startups, Intel Capital has invested is ProPlus. It…

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang visits Foxconn’s manufacturing facilities

Distrusted due to its close ties with China, Foxconn has to tread carefully and bridge its American business ties with its Communist friends. Less than two weeks after Terry Gou, the CEO of the world’s largest contract electronic manufacturer went to the White House to discuss boosting its investment plans in the U.S., Chinese Premier…