On 4 January 2023, DTI Undersecretary Ceferino Rodolfo led the Philippine business delegation in a site visit to the wafer fab facility of Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC).
The visit happened at the sidelines of the three-day State Visit of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. in the People’s Republic of China, arranged through FiberHome, a major Chinese networking and telecommunication equipment provider, which is a sister company of SMIC. SMIC is one of the leading foundries in the world and the largest wafer fab business in China.
They are also considered as a frontrunner in manufacturing capability, scale, and comprehensive service within the Chinese Mainland.
Wuhan FiberHome International Technologies Co. Ltd. Chairman Mr. Taurus Fan led in welcoming the DTI representatives and members of the Philippine business delegation to Beijing.
Undersecretary Rodolfo thanked SMIC and FiberHome for opening the doors of its facilities to the Philippine Delegation. He also expressed optimism on possible collaboration between the Philippines and SMIC in building similar facilities in the Philippines.
Joining Mr. Fan in welcoming the DTI officials and the Philippine private sector delegates led by Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) President George Barcelon, were Mr. Chen Shanzhi, EVP and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of CICT/Board Member of SMIC; Dr. Li Yourong, Senior VP of SMIC, Dr. Jimmy Yan, CTO of FiberHome International, and Johnny Jiang, CEO FiberHome Philippines, Inc.
Meanwhile, SMIC mentioned that they are willing to partner with the Philippines to promote the development of the communications technology sector and contribute in the digital transformation of the Philippines.
FiberHome continues its expansion in the Philippines, which started in 2011.
The company now has 14,967 Filipino employees (out of a total of 15,340), 110 offices, and 58 warehouses, with their Fiber To The Home (FTTH) systems/devices reaching about 10 million Filipino homes.