Merck KGaA breaks ground in Taiwan
Merck KGaA has broken ground for a new production facility on a 150,000 m2 site for its Semiconductor Solutions business at Kaohsiung, Taiwan. It will produce speciality gases and semiconductor materials for thin film and patterning from 2025 onwards.
Semiconductor Solutions has been designated as one Merck’s ‘Big 3’ growth drivers. It forms part of the Electronics business sector, which started its ‘Level Up’ growth programme in 2021 with the aim of investing “significantly more than €3 billion” in innovations and capacity expansion projects by 2025.
This programme has already seen the completion of a new facility for delivery equipment for the safe handling of gases and chemicals in the semiconductor industry at Kaohsiung in 2022, plus other expansions at sites in Asia, the US and Germany. Merck has also recently acquired Mecaro, a Korean thin-film materials specialist in the field and opened a third OLED materials facility in China last year.