Sony is allegedly mulling investment into a Japanese chip factory, which will see it partner with Taiwan’s TSMC to build a plant in Kumamoto. The workshop – expected to produce parts for automobiles, camera image sensors, and more – will allegedly cost billions to setup, with the Japanese government on deck to foot almost half the bill. In addition to investing in the plant, Sony will also apparently look to take a stake in the organisation established to manage it.
The world has been struck by a semiconductor shortage following the global pandemic, which has reduced the supply of products like the PlayStation 5, among many others. In addition, TSMC is concerned about the concentration of its operations in Taiwan given ongoing political tensions with China. While neither company is commenting on the reports right now, it’s believed that the alleged chip factory will look to open in 2024, should it get the green light.