ROHM Establishes a New Production Facility for Discrete Semiconductors in Malaysia

March 11th, 2015

The 8.9 billion yen investment is expected to significantly increase production capacity to meet future demands

Kelantan, Kyoto and Okayama — ROHM Co., Ltd. have announced plans to build a new facility at its manufacturing subsidiary in Malaysia, ROHM-WAKO ELECTRONICS SDN.BHD (RWEM), to meet the need for increased production capability for discrete semiconductors, such as diodes. The project is currently in the design phase, with construction scheduled to begin in July 2015 and completed by August 2016.

The ROHM Group is expanding production capability by updating its cutting-edge, high efficiency manufacturing equipment. And following on the heels of last year's plan of establishing a new facility in Thailand to meet future growth, ROHM is investing 8.9 billion yen to build a new 38,250m2 manufacturing facility at RWEM to increase total floor space. This effort is expected to more than double the production capacity for diodes and help ROHM achieve a 30% share in the small-signal discrete semiconductor market.

New ROHM Malaysian Facility

<New RWEM Building Overview>

Design 3-Story RC Structure
Building Area 12,750m2
Total Floor Area 38,250m2
July 2015
August 2016 (Planned)

In addition, the new building will take advantage of the ROHM Group's comprehensive Business Continuity Management (BCM) system by implementing such measures as introducing LED lighting and high efficiency AC equipment and constructing a protective wall to guard against flooding.

The ROHM Group is also taking steps to ensure stable product supply to customers worldwide – even during a disaster or unforeseen event – for example by continuing to further enhance production capacity to meet market needs, establishing a multi-site production system, optimizing inventory management (i.e. maintaining safety stock), and making production equipment and processes more disaster-proof.