The Panasonic-TowerJazz jv may not be the last such deal in Japan with other Japanese IDMs possibly looking to unload fabs.
“Where this can be very exciting is because a company with the reputation of Panasonic could attract other IDMs who are interested in consolidations,” TowerJazz CEO Russell Ellwanger told EW.
There are a number of IDMs in Japan who are finding the cost of running and upgrading fabs to be too heavy a burden. One company known to be keen to strip out costs is Renesas which runs several fabs in Japan.
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