11/3/2003 - Fujitsu Limited announced the establishment of a new subsidiary in Shanghai, Fujitsu Microelectronics (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., as part of the company's ongoing strategy to strengthen its profile in China's semiconductor market. The new subsidiary, which will serve as a center for the design, development, and sales of semiconductors in the region, began operations on October 30.
Since 1986, Fujitsu has been engaged in the design, development, and sales of semiconductors for the market in China through two wholly owned subsidiaries: Fujitsu Microelectronics Asia Pte. Ltd., based in Singapore, and Fujitsu Microelectronics Pacific Asia Limited, based in Hong Kong. The establishment of the new subsidiary will facilitate chip development through close collaboration with Fujitsu Microelectronics Pacific Asia Limited's Hong Kong Design Center, where devices such as ASICs and microcontrollers are already being designed for the Chinese market.
As for production, Fujitsu Microelectronics (Shanghai) plans to outsource front-end wafer fabrication to a Chinese foundry, while transferring back-end chip assembly and testing to Nantong Fujitsu Microelectronics Co., Ltd. In addition, two Fujitsu companies, the local subsidiaries of Fujitsu Media Devices Limited and Fujitsu Components Limited, will be relocated to the same site as Fujitsu Microelectronics (Shanghai), consolidating all operations in one location.
"By unifying all aspects of our semiconductor operations, from chip design, development and fabrication to sales and marketing functions, the new firm will have established a comprehensive business framework in the country," said Mr. Nobutake Matsumura, Corporate Vice President of Fujitsu Limited and Fujitsu Microelectronics (Shanghai) Chairman. "We are confident that the subsidiary will forge synergies with its other China affiliates and help expand the market of Fujitsu's electronic devices products throughout China."
Fujitsu is a leading provider of customer-focused IT and communications solutions for the global marketplace. Pace-setting technologies, highly reliable computing and telecommunications platforms, and a worldwide corps of systems and services experts uniquely position Fujitsu to deliver comprehensive solutions that open up infinite possibilities for its customers' success. Headquartered in Tokyo, Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.6 trillion yen (US$38 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2003. For more information, please see : http://www.fujitsu.com/.
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