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Shin-Etsu taps Taiwan in 20% boost to chipmaking material capacity

Chemicals group to start output of cutting-edge EUV resist outside Japan

Light-sensitive photoresist is used to form circuit patterns on silicon wafers. (Photo courtesy of Shin-Etsu Chemical)

TOKYO -- Japan's Shin-Etsu Chemical will spend an estimated 30 billion yen ($285 million) to raise capacity for a crucial semiconductor plant material by 20%, expanding its supply for cutting-edge chip production, Nikkei has learned.

New facilities for photoresist, used to form circuit patterns on silicon wafers, will be built in Japan and Taiwan.

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