UMC joins TSMC in using water tankers amid drought

March 01, 2021 // By Peter Clarke
UMC joins TSMC in using water tankers amid drought
Foundry United Microelectronics Corp. (Hsinchu, Taiwan) is using industrial water tankers to bring in additional water for its wafer fabs, amid 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 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.

Related links and articles:

www.umc.com

News articles:

TSMC starts to bring in water by tanker amid drought

Reports: Samsung, TSMC chip production at risk amid water shortages

Qualcomm, Tesla, Renesas hit by Samsung's Texan winter

TSMC has no "concrete" plans to make chips in Europe


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