Diodes Inc. Announces Plans to Consolidate Analog Manufacturing from Taiwan to China

May 24, 2007 by Jeff Shepard

Diodes Inc. announced plans to consolidate its analog wafer probe and final test operations from Hsinchu, Taiwan to its manufacturing facilities in Shanghai, China. The transition is expected to be completed by July 31, 2007.

Dr. Keh–Shew Lu, President and CEO of Diodes Inc., said, "We continue to drive operational efficiencies, and this move will further capitalize on and leverage the infrastructure already in place at our high volume Shanghai manufacturing facilities."

Approximately 40 employees will be impacted, while the product design, research and development, sales, marketing, administration and support service employees will continue to operate in the Hsinchu Science Park facility in Taiwan.

Diodes Inc. acquired Anachip Corporation, a Taiwanese fabless analog IC company, in January 2006. Headquartered in the Hsinchu Science Park in Taiwan, Anachip’s main product focus is Power Management ICs. These analog products are widely used in LCD monitor/TV’s, wireless 802.11 LAN access points, brushless dc motor fans, portable DVD players, datacom devices, ADSL modems, TV/satellite set–top boxes, and power supplies. The company expects to take a restructuring charge of approximately $1.3 to $1.7 million in the second quarter, and anticipates approximately $1.0 million in cost savings per year related to the transition.