Reposted from Manufacturing & Technology News
Richard A. McCormack | September 28, 2012 | M&T News
The United States is no longer a place where companies are building their new semiconductor fabrication plants. In 2011, of the 27 volume (or large-scale) semiconductor fabs under construction in the world, only one of them was located in the United States; 18 were in China; four were in Taiwan; two were elsewhere in Southeast Asia; and one was in Japan, according to the Semiconductor Equipment Materials International (SEMI).
In 2012, construction started globally on nine new volume fabs. None of them were in the United States.
Next year, construction is expected to start on another six fabs. Again, not one of them will be in the United States.
In all, between 2011 and 2013, construction was expected to start on 42 new fabs. Only one is in the United States.