AMD Opens New Test, Mark And Pack Manufacturing Facility In Suzhou, China
SUZHOU, China --
AMD (NYSE: AMD) today officially opened its new microprocessor test, mark and pack (TMP) facility in Suzhou Industrial Park, China. The new facility, which began rolling out products last December, occupies 11,000 square meters and is located adjacent to Spansion (China) Limited’s existing Flash memory assembly and TMP building.
AMD has committed to investing a total of US $33.4 million in the TMP facility through 2009 and has received approval from the Chinese government for a total investment of up to US $100 million. AMD also plans to hire approximately 300 new employees to staff the facility during the next few years.
“Suzhou holds a unique position as one of the key IT manufacturing centers in China and is a key focal point for our global operations,” said AMD Chairman, President and CEO, Hector Ruiz. “With software and silicon driving the modern economy, information technology is providing the foundation for China’s ability to remain one of the world’s brightest lights. At AMD, we are committed to helping China grow in this way.”
“We are pleased to see more Fortune 500 companies such as AMD settle, and make repeated investment, in Suzhou Industrial Park,” said Yang Jiang Zhong, vice chairman of SIPAC (Suzhou Industrial Park Administration Committee). “There is an old saying that the Phoenix will come to settle when you plant phoenix trees. Our effort to improve the investment environment here is paying off, as we witnessed today with the opening of AMD’s second TMP facility.”
“With our new TMP plant now online, a growing number of partners and customers in China will have greater access to AMD’s leading technology solutions,” said Karen Guo, corporate vice president and president of AMD Greater China. “I’m proud to say that in less than six months, we were able to go from construction to complete equipment move-in and pilot operation. This incredible accomplishment was made possible only through the hard work and dedication of AMD’s highly skilled employees in Suzhou and our partners, all of whom worked tirelessly to bring this facility online as rapidly as possible.”
The new TMP facility will further empower AMD’s growth momentum in China and enhance the company’s worldwide growth strategy. Its construction demonstrates AMD’s long-term commitment to China and continues a strategic focus that started in 1996 when the company began construction of the adjacent Flash memory assembly and TMP plant. The Flash memory facility was completed in 1998.
AMD gained significant momentum in 2004 when it strengthened its relationships with some of China’s leading information technology (IT) companies, established AMD China Co., Ltd., and announced plans to establish a Greater China headquarters in Beijing. In addition, the AMD Opteron™ processor-based Dawning4000A supercomputer was ranked the tenth fastest in the world and was named by China’s Science & Technology Daily newspaper as one of the Top Ten Technology achievements in 2004. The system was also named a “China Top Ten Technology Advancement” by China Academy of Sciences and China Academy of Engineering. Also last year, AMD won China’s Science & Technology Daily newspaper 2004 TOP 10 award for leading the IT industry to pervasive 64-bit computing.
The new TMP facility is currently testing, marking and packing seventh generation products, including AMD Sempron™ processors. AMD plans to begin moving its eighth-generation microprocessors through the facility in the second half of 2005.
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