Sony Mulling New Plant for Image Sensors

Economy

Tokyo, Oct. 29 (Jiji Press)--Sony Corp. <6758> is considering investing some 100 billion yen to build a new plant for image sensors, a type of semiconductors used for smartphone cameras and other devices, in Nagasaki Prefecture, southwestern Japan, it was learned Tuesday.

Demand for the chips is expected to increase as recent smartphones come equipped with multiple cameras. The proposed new plant is expected to begin operations in fiscal 2021 or later, informed sources said.

The Japanese electronics giant, which currently holds a 50 pct share of the global image sensor market, aims to raise the figure to 60 pct by fiscal 2025 by boosting its production capacity.

Sony currently produces the sensors at plants in four Japanese prefectures--Kumamoto, Nagasaki, Oita and Yamagata--with their combined monthly capacity totaling about 100,000 units in terms of 300-millimeter wafers.

The company has acquired a plot of land adjacent to its existing factory in the city of Isahaya, Nagasaki, possibly for the construction of the new plant.

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