Sony Semiconductor Starts Operations of New Thai Fab

Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation said it has begun the operations of a new fab expansion built inside Sony Device Technology (Thailand) Co., Ltd. (SDT). Accordingly, the new production center will be an adjunct of the SDT, which is responsible for the assembly processes of semiconductors.

Sony Semiconductor held an opening ceremony for the expanded facility. Top executives from Sony Semiconductor Solutions Group officiated the ceremony. Among them are Terushi Shimizu, President and CEO of Sony Semiconductor Solutions, and Yoshihiro Yamaguchi, President of Sony Semiconductor Manufacturing. SDT Managing Director Takeshi Matsuda also attended the event. 

Ranking Japanese and Thai government officials graced the opening ceremony.

SDT serves as a production center for the assembly of the main product line within Sony’s Imaging & Sensing Solutions business. The new fab, named Building 4, will perform assembly of image sensors for automotive applications and display devices. In addition, it will also handle mass production of laser diodes for data center applications.

Going forward, SDT plans to expand production facilities at Building 4 in line with market trends. Most importantly, SDT also targets to create approximately 2,000 new jobs with this new operation. Thus, contributing to local employment and expanding the semiconductor industry in Thailand.

Sustainable Operations

Meanwhile, SDT has been operating its facilities on 100% renewable energy since fiscal year 2021. In the clean room of Building 4, the air conditioning system controls cleanliness, temperature, and humidity. Particularly, by focusing on areas of need, and recycling technology for waste heat and hot water has also been adopted.

Furthermore, SDT plans to cover the roof area of Building 4 with solar panels, with operations scheduled by the end of 2024 (calendar year). By accelerating the initiatives to reduce energy consumption and adoption of renewable energy, SDT will continue to run on 100% renewable energy even after Building 4 goes into full operation.

“With the completion of Building 4, we are very happy to be able to deliver to more customers, a product line-up whose market is expected to expand over the medium to long term,” said

Takeshi Matsuda, Managing Director of Sony Device Technology (Thailand) Co., Ltd. said the completion of Building 4 will enable them to deliver more products to customers. Additionally, this will benefit the market over the medium to long term.

“As an overseas manufacturing site of Sony Semiconductor Solutions Group, SDT will contribute to the sustainable evolution of Sony’s business as well as society,” said Matsuda.

-1 April 2024-