TSMC, UMC use water tankers in Taiwan drought

March 02, 2021 // By Peter Clarke
TSMC, UMC use water tankers in Taiwan drought
Foundries TSMC and United Microelectronics are using industrial water tankers to bring in additional water for their wafer fabs to address a drought on the island.

"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 TSMC amid the drought brought about by a lack of typhoon rain events in 2020.

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. 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.

Related links and articles:

www.umc.com; www.tsmc.com

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