DuPont Taiwan running at full capacity

Alfred Lee, The China Post

DuPont Taiwan Ltd. reported that production of its factory in Taiwan is running at full capacity to produce high value products, including photopolymer and polyimide films, liquid polyimide, ceramic pastes, and display products, according to B.N. Yang, manager of integrated operations in Taiwan. According to Jimmy Sue, manager of high performance materials of DuPont Taiwan, with the development of portable electronic products tending toward lighter, thinner, shorter, and smaller, nearly all mobile phones, PDAs, notebook PCs, biosensors, plasma display panels are built with flexible circuits.

DuPont, with sales of US$1.6 billion last year, is expected to register substantial sales growth in the next few years in certain branches of its businesses, which include integrated passive components, flexible circuitry, portable energy sources, and display products.

DuPont is already the largest supplier of flexible circuitry, passive components, microcircuits, high density circuits, dry film circuits, and low temperature co-fired ceramic (LTCC). Currently about 80 percent of electronics and IT product makers use the components or materials manufactured by DuPont. Nearly all of Taiwan’s flexible printed circuitry manufacturers make use of DuPont’s materials and technologies. DuPont will continue introducing new manufacturing processes and technologies to Taiwan with its support from its parent company in the U.S. The latest introduction to Taiwan’s manufacturers is the LTCC technology. In order to provide its know-how to its business partners in Taiwan, DuPont recently launched a web-based resource for designers of fiber optic and electro-optic packaging.

The web site also offers latest technology information on Green Tape LTCC. Sue said that the LTCC will be a high growth area for DuPont in the next few years. DuPont also disclosed that it has been conducting research on flexible and smart batteries. Electronic circuitry is built into its batteries so that consumers will know the power storage and utilization status of it batteries.

Electronics and IT product manufacturers would not be able to further minimize the sizes of their products without the LTCC technology and production processes. With the LTCC technology, manufacturers can burn the traditional photoresist, electricity conducting materials and components at low temperatures, which allow wire, capacitors, resistors to be buried in just one layer of circuit board. Printed circuit board made with this process has a high density of circuits and components but is smaller in size. Despite the slowed economy, DuPont Taiwan officials claimed that the Taiwan operations run as an independent company and will enjoy growth in the next few years. Its printed circuit materials sales will register 10 to 12 percent growth and its flexible circuitry and high density interlink businesses will have a composite average growth rate of 19 percent from now till 2005. In the next three years, DuPont’s flexible circuitry, integrated passive components, portable energy sources, and display products will have 300 percent growth.