UMC joins TSMC in using water tankers amid drought
“UMC has dispatched industrial water trucks to support the water needed for our production lines. Only a small amount of additional water is needed at the moment and the water supply scheduling will be adjusted according to the situation,” a spokesperson told eeNews Europe.
UMC is taking similar action to rival Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. amid a drought brought about by a lack of typhoon rain events in 2020 (see TSMC starts to bring in water by tanker amid drought).
Under restrictions imposed from last Thursday, factories and industrial zones have been told to cut water use back by 7 to 11 depending on location (see Reports: Samsung, TSMC chip production at risk amid water shortages). Those that do not comply risk having supplies cut off.
The country is now in a dry season that usually lasts until May and weather forecasters have predicted that February March will be drier than usual.
Taiwan as a whole was responsible for 21.8 percent of global chip supply in 2018 ahead of South Korea with 21.3 percent.
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