Nikkei on Sony Image Sensor Production Expansion

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Nikkei reports that Sony will spend 600 billion yen ($5.34 billion) over the three years through fiscal 2020. The investment, representing a 30% increase over 460 billion yen spent over the previous three fiscal years, aims to lift production capacity by 20% to 30%.

Sony manufactures image sensors at factories located in Nagasaki, Kumamoto and Yamagata prefectures. The current monthly production capacity for 300 mm wafers is around 100,000.

Sony held a 52% share of the image sensor market in 2017, according to IHS Markit. Second-place Samsung Electronics controlled 19%, with the gap between them widening 8 percentage points from 2016.

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