On the afternoon of January 17,Liu Deyin, chairman of TSMC, said yesterday (16) that TSMC has not been pressured by the United States to set up plants in the United States. However, TSMC has never ruled out plans to set up plants in the United States, but there is no final decision at this stage and will continue to evaluate in the future.
On January 15, Japanese Economic News quoted a source as saying that the US authorities are increasing pressure on TSMC to make a decision before the US election on whether it can go to a US factory and produce military chips in the US.
At present, TSMC has been responsible for manufacturing chips for us F-35 fighters, but the production link is concentrated in Taiwan. The U.S. side now requires TSMC to lead its production line to the U.S. mainland for the reason of "based on national security".
In response, according to Taiwan's economic daily, Liu Deyin, chairman of TSMC, said on the 16th that TSMC has not been pressured by the United States to set up factories in the United States. Everything about TSMC depends on the needs of customers, where the products are to be produced, and completely depends on the market demand and economic environment. There is no special pressure on TSMC to set up factories.
However, Liu stressed that TSMC has never ruled out plans to set up factories in the United States, but there is no final decision at this stage, and it will continue to evaluate in the future. At present, production in Taiwan is the most efficient, and Taiwan will be the first choice in the future.
Mr. Huang Renzhao, chief financial officer of TSMC, said that TSMC had a considerable growth in the mainland market last year and will continue this year, especially 5g and AI. Chinese customers are the driving force. At present, there are more than 400 customers of TSMC. According to the previous statistics, Chinese customers account for a quarter of the total. Now, it has not changed much.