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UMC Circular Economy & Recycling Innovation Center Breaks Ground for a Zero Waste Future


Mar 17, 2023

The initial R&ampD center for waste recycling in the Southern Taiwan Science Park

HSINCHU, Taiwan, March 17, 2023–(Small business WIRE)–United Microelectronics Corporation (NYSE: UMC TWSE: 2303) (“UMC”) now held a groundbreaking ceremony for its Circular Economy &amp Recycling Innovation Center, which will be established at its Fab 12A in Tainan, Taiwan. The NT$1.eight billion (US$58.eight million) facility will be the initial waste recycling R&ampD center in the Southern Taiwan Science Park, serving as an critical contributor for sustainable circular economy in Taiwan. Soon after the center starts operating in 2025, it is anticipated to lower 15,000 metric tons of semiconductor manufacturing waste annually.

“UMC has invested in Taiwan for far more than 4 decades, which includes in our flagship Fab 12A, the manufacturing and R&ampD hub for our specialty approach technologies. Though we have continued to pursue capacity expansions and boost our R&ampD capabilities, UMC is also deeply committed to our corporate sustainability objectives. The Circular Economy &amp Recycling Innovation Center will serve as the center of our efforts to maximize resource recovery and decrease waste,” mentioned SC Chien, UMC’s Co-President and Chief Sustainability Officer. “Functioning hand in hand with our worth chain partners, we think we can raise the bar for circularity in Taiwan, and boost our industry’s competitiveness via sustainable practices.”

In the initial phase, UMC’s Circular Economy &amp Recycling Innovation Center will approach waste developed through IC manufacturing processes into solutions that can be reused or sold, such as turning liquid waste and sludge into industrial-grade solutions. As for waste solvents that can’t be purified, the thermal cracking approach will be applied to generate fuel gas to be reused inside the facility. In the second phase, the Center will additional create thermal cracking technologies that can straight convert waste solvents and plastics into power provide. As soon as operational, the facility is anticipated to lower waste from UMC’s Taiwan fabs by 1-third, and generate about NT$one hundred million worth of worth-added solutions.

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UMC has invested in a quantity of circular economy initiatives more than the years, such as decreasing outsourced waste disposal by advertising resource reuse inside its fabs. Estimated to reduce carbon emissions by about five,000 tons per year, this system reduces the require for waste transportation and raw material mining, though also mitigating the dangers of transporting waste to external facilities. In addition, Fab 12A has introduced an electrolysis approach to convert copper sulfate liquid waste into copper tubes with re-sale worth, anticipated to create far more than NT$13 million of income per year. Anther initiative in progress is the recycling of made use of photomasks, which are cleaned on-web page to get rid of patterning and resold as quartz substrates for optical solutions.

With a total floor location of about 9,000 square meters, the Circular Economy &amp Recycling Innovation Center is developed in compliance with green developing codes, and will also act as an education center to market circular economy and environmental protection to the young generation. Applying this center as a base, UMC will function closely with waste management service providers and raw material suppliers to create revolutionary recycling techniques and projects, contributing to a superior, far more sustainable future via collaborations collectively with worth chain partners.

About UMC

UMC (NYSE: UMC, TWSE: 2303) is a top worldwide semiconductor foundry enterprise. The enterprise supplies higher high-quality IC fabrication solutions, focusing on logic and several specialty technologies to serve all big sectors of the electronics sector. UMC’s extensive IC processing technologies and manufacturing options include things like Logic/Mixed-Signal, embedded Higher-Voltage, embedded Non-Volatile-Memory, RFSOI and BCD and so forth. Most of UMC’s 12-in &amp eight-in fabs with its core R&ampD are situated in Taiwan, with further ones all through Asia. UMC has total 12 fabs in production with combined capacity of roughly 850,000 wafers per month (eight-in equivalent), and all of them are certified with IATF 16949 automotive high-quality normal. UMC is headquartered in Hsinchu, Taiwan, plus nearby offices in United States, Europe, China, Japan, Korea &amp Singapore, with worldwide total 20,000 staff. For far more information and facts, please take a look at: https://www.umc.com.

Note from UMC Regarding Forward-Hunting Statements

Some of the statements in the foregoing announcement are forward-hunting inside the which means of the U.S. Federal Securities laws, which includes statements about introduction of new solutions and technologies, future outsourcing, competitors, wafer capacity, company relationships and market place circumstances. Investors are cautioned that actual events and outcomes could differ materially from these statements as a outcome of a range of components, which includes circumstances in the all round semiconductor market place and economy acceptance and demand for solutions from UMC and technological and improvement dangers. Additional information and facts with regards to these and other dangers is integrated in UMC’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. UMC does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-hunting statement as a outcome of new information and facts, future events or otherwise, except as necessary below applicable law.

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