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Top chip tool maker sticks with Singapore amid supply chain shift

Kulicke and Soffa says not everyone in supply chain needs to expand overseas

Kulicke & Soffa says staying close to its Asian customers is more important than being part of the global diversification trend. (Photo courtesy of Kulicke & Soffa)

TAIPEI -- The world's leading chip packaging and testing equipment maker is bucking the trend of supply chain diversification by continuing to expand in Singapore, its main production base, even as major chipmakers rush to build factories in the U.S., Europe and Japan.

Chan Pin Chong, executive vice president at Kulicke and Soffa Industries, told Nikkei Asia that the city-state will remain his company's biggest production site for the foreseeable future.

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