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US chipmaker expands Taiwan workforce to counter China poaching

Micron to add at least 800 workers as talent war heats up

Micron's building in Taoyuan. The world's leading maker of memory chips will expand its workforce in Taiwan. (Photo by Cheng Ting-Fang)

TAOYUAN, Taiwan -- Memory chip maker Micron Technology looks to increase its Taiwanese workforce by at least 800 by 2019, downplaying the risk of losing workers to Beijing-backed rivals aggressively building their own operations in China.

The U.S. company has lost hundreds of engineers in Taiwan since moving in December 2015 to purchase full control of Inotera Memories, a joint venture with local partner Nanya Technology. The $4 billion deal was completed in late 2016.

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