DISCO Corporation, a semiconductor manufacturing equipment manufacturer (Headquarters: Ota-ku, Tokyo; President: Kazuma Sekiya), has decided to invest approx. JPY 17.5 billion to construct a new seismically isolated building at Nagano Works Chino Plant (Chino City, Nagano).
With the introduction of fifth generation (5G) communication systems accelerating, the semiconductor and electrical components markets, including the development of IoT, self driving systems, and remote medical technology, are expected to expand. The demand for DISCO’s precision processing equipment※1 and tools※2 is also expected to increase accordingly. In response to the expected growth of these markets, DISCO is expanding※3 Kuwabata Plant (Kure City, Hiroshima). However, it was determined that further enhancement of the production system will be required.
In addition, most of the precision processing equipment and tools are currently produced in Kure and
Kuwabata Plants, which are located in Hiroshima. Seismically isolated structures have been adopted in the
buildings at both plants, and construction to ensure an independent water source has been conducted to
protect against future water outages. However, the distance between the two plants is only about 10 km.
Therefore, in order to prevent a situation where both plants cannot function should a disaster affect the
entire area, resources must be divided further.
In consideration of these factors, DISCO has decided to begin construction of a new building at Nagano Works Chino Plant.
※1 Precision processing equipment : Equipment which performs cutting, grinding, and polishing of silicon
※2 Precision processing tools : Tools which are installed on precision processing equipment and perform cutting, grinding, and polishing. Precision processing tools are consumables and must be replaced frequently.
※3 News Release regarding the Completion of Zone C Construction and the Beginning of Zone D Construction in Building A, Kuwabata Plant (January 31, 2019)
|Name||Building B at Nagano Works Chino Plant, DISCO Corporation
|Building scale and structure||10-story building, seismically isolated structure|
|Total floor space||Approx. 131,920 m² (Existing building: 20,293 m²)|
|Building area||Approx. 16,280 m² (Existing building: 4,018 m²)|
|Site area||71,044.4 m²|
|Total investment||Approx. JPY 17.5 billion|
|Start of construction||July 2019|
|Completion of constuction||December 2020|