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Taiwan DRAM makers merge talks heat up

Posted: 23 Jan 2009     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:DRAM  memory chip  merger 

Taiwan's government has asked ProMOS to resubmit a reorganisation plan jointly filed with Elpida, apparently seeking assurances of support for the domestic sector.

Local media reported Micron CEO Steve Appleton is coming to Taiwan again as talk heats up about tie-ups between Micron and its local technology partner, Nanya, as well as other Taiwan DRAM makers.

An official at Micron's Taipei office said Appleton was not in Taipei on Wednesday but his schedule was not available.

Powerchip spokesman Eric Tang said his company was not negotiating with Micron.

Elpida's chairman recently came to Taiwan to talk to ProMOS, but a spokesman could not immediately comment on whether company executives were in Taiwan on Wednesday or planning to come.

BNP Paribas analyst Peter Yu said a company created in any kind of mega-merger could face difficulties.

"When you combine semiconductor makers, you can not simply add up market share. There will be a painful integration process that will be costly and time consuming, with lots of trials and errors," he said.

"Execution-wise, the merged company will be at a disadvantage compared with stand-alone companies like Samsung and Hynix which are likely to benefit more when the market recovers as they will not have gone through a merger process."

-Reuters
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