According to the latest report from Taiwan, TSMC plans to build a total of six 5nm plants in Arizona. These plants’ size is about twice the size of the plant TSMC’s Nanke plant, one of its “base camps”. According to industry insiders, TSMC’s Arizona wafer fab investment will rise to NT$1 trillion ($36.2 billion). Its total monthly production capacity will exceed 100,000 wafers. TSMC will surpass Samsung to become the non-American semiconductor factory with the largest production capacity in the U.S. It will also have the most advanced technology in the United States.
According to reports, TSMC will have huge incentives for its employees in the U.S. According to the relevant welfare instructions, the basic requirements for TSMC to assign US employees are that the employees have three years of experience and provide TOEIC test results. Furthermore, the employees will undergo training in the Nanke 18A Plant in May this year. However, their appointment to the U.S. will not come before September 2022.
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TSMC has good incentives for workers
The incentives include
- Double salary
- Housing subsidy
- Ground transport allowance
- Air ticket subsidy
- Children school fee subsidy
- Moving 500 Kilogram assistance
- Free accommodation for one month at the beginning of the assignment
- Tax subsidy
- Language training assistance
- After 3 years of assignment, you can transfer to the US factory with the approval of the supervisor. The company assists in applying for a green card (need to give up the position in Taiwan and Dividends)
- Free coronavirus checks and vaccination
In response to this news, TSMC said “TSMC has always provided relative supporting measures for domestic transfer or expatriate employees to encourage domestic transferred employees to work across regions for a long time or to ensure the development and maintenance of overseas personnel”. However, the company did not comment with respect to the green card, vaccine, and other incentives.
As early as May 2020, TSMC announced that it would build a new 5nm wafer fab in Arizona, USA. The company also plans to invest $12 billion. The construction will start in 2021, and it will start production in 2024. In addition, the monthly production capacity will be 20,000 wafers. In contrast, TSMC’s South production base can produce about 100,000 wafers per month, and the cost of building a plant is $17 billion.
Politically, there is no difference between the Trump and Biden administrations with regards to TSMC. Both administrations are committed to launching measures to revitalize semiconductor manufacturing capabilities.