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Korea attracts DuPont investment to diversify EUV photoresist supply 2020-01-09
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Trade, Industry and Energy Minister Sung Yun-mo (center) met with DuPont president Jon Kemp (right) in San Francisco, on January 8 (local time), to confirm DuPont’s investment decision, which includes the plan to build a production line of EUV photoresist, a key material used to make chips, in Korea by 2021.

The global chemical firm will invest $28 million to build production lines by 2021 for EUV photoresists and chemical mechanical planarization (CMP) pads, both of which are key materials for chip-making.

Korea has been heavily dependent on Japan for the supply of EUV photoresist, which is one of three items that Japan restricted exports to Korea on July 4, 2019.

Minister Sung said that the government will continue with efforts to secure technological competitiveness of local firms and diversify supply channels in key materials, parts, and equipment sectors.