What you need to know
- Apple's iPhone chip supplier is looking to build a new facility in Japan.
- TSMC says it is conducting due diligence and in talks for a new factory.
- The company says it has also not ruled out further U.S. expansion.
C.C. Wei, TSMC's CEO told investors on a call Thursday that the company was conducting its "due diligence" regarding a possible plant in the country. From Nikkei Asia:
Company Chairman Mark Liu said it was "still early to disclose the decision" but that the company was in the "due diligence phase" for a "specialty technology lab."
The report notes that Liu also said the company had not ruled out further expansion into the U.S.:
TSMC is building a $12 billion plant in Arizona and could build a further five factories in the country.
A supply chain report from March says that TSMC was to begin work on the A15 chip for iPhone 13 by the end of May.
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