Fujifilm to Build an Advanced Semiconductor Materials Manufacturing Facility in South Korea
Strategically establishing local production of color filters for image sensors in South Korea
December 12, 2022
TOKYO, December 13, 2022 – FUJIFILM Corporation (President and CEO, Representative Director: Teiichi Goto) has announced a plan of a new advanced semiconductor materials manufacturing facility in South Korea to further expand the electronic materials business.
In the latest move, FUJIFILM Electronic Materials Korea Co., Ltd. (Head office in Cheonan-si, Chungcheongnam-do; President: Masashi Enokido) started to build a new manufacturing facility for producing color filter materials for image sensors in PyeongTaek, South Korea. The facility will be operational in spring 2024 to commence local production of color filter materials for image sensors.
The new facility in South Korea will become the Company’s second production site*1 for semiconductor materials in the country. The new facility will feature cutting-edge manufacturing capabilities and state-of-the-art evaluation equipment to enable the production of high-quality and high-performance products.
With its close proximity to major technology manufacturers, the facility will cater to the growing demand for locally-sourced production of color filters for image sensors in South Korea. Image sensors are a type of semiconductor that converts light into electric signals for visual presentation, and are used in digital cameras, smartphones and other electronic devices. With the recent expansion of image sensor applications in cars with autonomous driving features, and security devices, the image sensor market is expected to grow at the rate of 7% per annum*2.
In Japan and Taiwan, Fujifilm produces photosensitive color materials required for manufacturing color filters used in image sensors, and supplies them globally. Currently, the company boasts over 80% global share in color filter materials for image sensors*3. Additionally, Fujifilm’s expertise in advanced functional molecular technology and nano-dispersion technology will enable the market introduction of products targeting a broader wavelength range. At present, this concept is applied to product deployment under the Wave Control Mosaic (WCM)*4 brand for greater business expansion.
The move will establish a production structure with three sites in Japan, Taiwan and South Korea. This allows Fujifilm to make stable production and distribution of color filter materials for image sensors at a high level of quality, and fulfill its supply responsibility as the market leader. The sales of WCM will be expanded by accelerating market introduction of new products that cater to customer needs.
Fujifilm will promote growth strategies including active capital investments in order to expand its electronic materials business and contribute to further development of the semiconductor industry. The Company has a broad product portfolio including photoresist*5, photolithography-related materials, CMP slurries, post CMP cleaners*6, polyimide*7, and WCM, as well a global manufacturing network to enable stable supply, advanced R&D capability and strong customer relations.
Overview of the new plant
PyeongTaek City, Gyeonggi Province, Republic of Korea (Oseong Industrial Complex)
2. Production item
Color filter materials for image sensors
3. Construction commencement
December 13, 2022
4. Operation commencement
Spring of 2024