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Toppan Printing and SMIC have reached a preliminary agreement to form a Joint Venture Company in China to manufacture on-chip color filter for image sensors

28 Jun 2004

shanghai   [2004-06-28]

(Shanghai, China, June 28, 2004) Toppan Printing Co., Ltd. (Toppan Printing; TSE: 7911) and Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC; NYSE: SMI and HKSE: 981) have agreed to form a joint venture company in China to manufacture and sell On Chip Color Filter and Microlens for Image Sensor. This will be the first company in China to develop and provide manufacturing services of such technology. The parties will formalize the details of the joint venture agreements in the near future.

Toppan Printing, one of the worldwide technology leaders of on-chip color filters, has been exploring the opportunity to enter the Chinese market to further its business expansion. SMIC, the largest silicon chip foundry in China, has been developing CIS front-end process technology and planning to enter into the image sensor market through the utilization of its past experiences and technologies. Both companies share the view of improving their respective competitive strength through the business and technology alliance. The new company will manufacture and process the on-chip color filter for customers in China and around the world, including the IDMs and the fabless companies.

In recent years, the market for cell phone cameras and digital still cameras has rapidly expanded. Moreover, with an expected surge in vehicle-installed image sensors, a growing market demand for image sensors is expected in the future.

At present, most image sensors are manufactured by Japanese semiconductor manufacturers and leading Taiwanese silicon foundries. The proposed joint venture is expected to capitalize on emerging market demand, and the anticipated commencement of image sensor production by silicon foundries in China.

About Toppan Printing Co., Ltd.

Toppan Printing Co., Ltd. is one of the largest integrated printing companies in Japan, focusing on manufacturing and selling its own products. Toppan has diversified its business into various fields such as securities and cards, commercial printing, publications printing, packaging, industrial materials, electronics and e-business. The Electronics Division of Toppan Printing manufactures electronics components by using photo fabrication technology, which has been developed in plate making technology. Toppan products, such as photomasks, leadframes, substrate for BGA, and on-chip color filter for image sensors, are used in semiconductor products. Toppan Printing also supplies shadow masks for CRTs, color filters for LCDs and screens for project TV, which are widely used in display products.

About Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation
SMIC is one of the leading semiconductor foundries in the world. As a foundry, SMIC provides integrated circuit (IC) manufacturing at 0.35-micron to 0.13-micron technologies. Established in April 2000, SMIC, a Cayman Islands company, operates three 8-inch wafer fabrication facilities in the Zhangjiang High-Tech Park in Shanghai, and an 8-inch wafer fabrication facility in Tianjin, China. In addition, SMIC is currently constructing 12-inch wafer fabrication facilities in Beijing, China. SMIC's Fab 1 was named one of two "Top Fabs of the Year 2003" by Semiconductor International, a leading industry publication in May 2003. In addition to IC manufacturing, SMIC provides customers with a full range of services, including design services, mask manufacturing and wafer probe test. For more information, please visit

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Toppan Printing Co., Ltd.
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Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation
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