Chengdu has been an important base for China’s electronic information industry and it has developed into a key hub for the industry in western China, with exports of computers, integrated circuits, and micro-electronic components accounting for nearly half of Chengdu’s total exports last year.
Chengdu has been an important base for China’s electronic information industry, and it has developed into a key hub for the industry in western China, with exports of computers, integrated circuits, and micro-electronic components accounting for nearly half of Chengdu’s total exports last year.
Intel was the first global company to invest on a large scale in western China. The company has built in Chengdu the world's largest chip assembly and testing facility, and one of its three largest wafer pretreatment plants worldwide.
“Over the past 10 years, we have grown with Chengdu,” said Bian Chenggang, general manager of Intel’s Chengdu operations, “We will continue to promote the development of the high-technology industry and contribute to the development of the high-tech ecological system.”
Last year, the company announced it would invest $1.6 billion in its plants in Chengdu over the next 15 years to introduce its advanced testing technology to China and upgrade its preprocessing of wafers and packaging and testing procedures.
The company said the investment would help it go deeper into the market segments of computing and telecommunications, especially tablets, smartphones, the Internet of Things and wearable smart devices.
Since Intel moved to the city in 2003, other major IT companies, including Foxconn and Dell, have also arrived. IBM has established the headquarters for its global smart city research and development center in Chengdu in July last year.
By the end of last year, there were more than 300 enterprises in Sichuan province acting as supporting units in the supply chain for Intel, 20 enterprises around Foxconn, and more than 1,000 involved in the supply chains for Dell and Lenovo, according to the Southwest University of Finance and Economics.
Texas Instruments, the world’s largest manufacturer of semiconductors, has also made Chengdu an important strategic base in China, and at the end of last year, the company announced plans to build a 300-millimeter silicon wafer-processing plant in Chengdu to expand its production capacity.
The company had previously chosen the Chengdu Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone as the site for its seventh assembly and testing plant, which covers an area of 33,260 square meters.
Larry Tan, the company’s president of operations in Asia, said, “As a regional economic growth pole and center of the electronic information industry in western China, Chengdu provides an important guarantee for Texas Instruments’ development in China in the long run.”