Semiconductor companies consider new plants in US

NEW YORK (AP) – Intel and a Taiwan company are talking to the Trump administration about building new semiconductor plants in the United States (US) amid concern about relying on suppliers in Asia for chips used in a wide variety of electronics.

A spokesman for Intel, the biggest American chip maker, said on Sunday that the company is in discussions with the Defence Department about improving domestic technology sources.

Spokesman William Moss said Santa Clara, California-based Intel is well-positioned to work with the government “to operate a US-owned commercial foundry.” Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (ISMC) is open to building a plant outside of Taiwan and has talked with the Commerce Department, a spokeswoman said.

“We are actively evaluating all the suitable locations, including in the US, but there is no concrete plan yet,” said the TSMC spokeswoman, Nina Kao.

The discussions were first reported by The Wall Street Journal, which said TSMC is also talking with Apple Inc, one of its biggest customers, about building a plant in the US.

A man walks next to Intel’s office building in Jerusalem. PHOTO: AP