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UMC, Taiwan's foundry industry, recently said that its board of directors voted to close its 200-mm wafer factory in Japan to cut costs to cope with the current difficult macro-economic situation and the decline in customer demand situation.

"Because of the rapidly changing international economic climate and industry trends, Japanese customers demand recession, plus the 2011 East Japan earthquake disaster, unstable energy supply the semiconductor on downstream industries have been downsizing in response to cuts or plant closures," UMC (Hsinchu, Taiwan) in the documents submitted to the Taiwan Stock Exchange, said, "UMC Japan's operating costs can not effectively reduce the overall operating performance failed to achieve the desired goals for the integration of the business and improve the manufacturing resource use efficiency, reduce operating costs, Lianhua electronic board resolutions end wafer manufacturing operations in Japan. "

UMC said in Tateyama, Chiba, Japan, Japanese wafer manufacturing operations after the completion of the final orders will abort. The company said, the dissolution and liquidation of the UMC Japan at a future time.

Made part of the shares of Nippon Steel Semiconductor UMC in 1998 and responsible for the operation, later renamed as UMC Japan; UMC UMC Japan tender offer all outstanding shares.

UMC through other plants in the future will continue to be an adequate supply of foundry needs of local customers in Japan. These factories are almost all located in Taiwan.

UMC UMC Japan 200 mm wafer monthly production capacity of about 20,000, and ending on June 30 this year, the total assets of 16.8 billion yen (U.S. $ 212.2 million) and liabilities of 2.8 billion yen (U.S. $ 34.4 million dollars).

UMC UMC Japan in the first half revenue of 3.7 billion yen (U.S. $ 46.8 million), a net loss of 1.6 billion yen (U.S. $ 20.2 million).

UMC said last month, will sell 10% of the shares of one or more strategic partners. UMC foundry field long second ranked TSMC after. According to market research firm IC Insights Inc., the UMC foundry operating income rankings this year may fall to third, came in TSMC and Globalfoundries Inc. Behind.