TAIPEI, Taiwan, R.O.C., Dec. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Advanced Semiconductor Engineering, Inc (TAIEX: 2311, NYSE: ASX), the world's largest semiconductor assembly and test service provider, today announced the steps that the company have taken to address the isolated case of industrial wastewater discharge at ASE Kaohsiung K7 facility on October 1st, 2013 and subsequent developments. Immediately after the incidents, ASE enlisted the help of industry experts to thoroughly investigate the root cause, and tightened its monitoring systems and reporting procedures. The ASE Kaohsiung K7 facility continues to adhere to the standards of the national effluent guidelines and currently remains in normal operation.
ASE sincerely apologizes for the high level of public concerns due to the recent incidents and intense media scrutiny. However, ASE firmly denies all allegations that the company had deliberately discharged contaminated wastewater and illegally installed underground piping within its facilities. The company is cooperating fully with Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs, the Kaohsiung City Environment Protection Bureau and other related departments in support of their investigations. We have also heightened our review of all our manufacturing facilities' environmental management and program implementation.
Moving forward, ASE will execute a two-prong approach to environmental protection and pollution prevention.
1. Engage international and local environmental professionals to assist the company in managing all matters related to our industry's impact on the environment and sustainability. Provide higher levels of training to develop a skillful and well-disciplined environmental management team.
2. From 2010 to 2013, ASE has invested a total of NTD392 million in wastewater management. The company will invest another NTD750 million to expedite the completion of Taiwan's first 20,000 ton per day water recycling plant that will apply the highest standards of water recycling technologies at ASE Kaohsiung's K14. The water recycling plant is scheduled to begin operations in the second quarter of 2014 and will support the water recycling of all ASE's manufacturing facilities within the Kaohsiung Nantze Export Processing Zone.
ASE's corporate social responsibility is focused on the creation of a sustainable future and the dedication to environmental protection, the use of renewable energy and the reduction of carbon emissions. A prime example is the construction of ASE Kaohsiung's Building K12 according to international green standards. K12 has been awarded the EEWH (Ecology, Energy saving, Waste reduction and Health) diamond certificate and has also received the US LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum certification. ASE is the first and only outsourced assembly and test house to be accorded the green certifications. At the same time, ASE has already broken ground to construct new green manufacturing facilities in the Nantze Export Processing Zone II, and plans to invest another NTD72 billion and create 16,000 job opportunities.
ASE was a humble start-up established in Kaohsiung in the year 1984, and has since expanded its footprint globally out of our base in this city. From being a small player, to becoming the world's largest IC assembly and test service provider, the city of Kaohsiung had been a meaningful and significant factor to ASE's progress. Without Kaohsiung, there will not be an ASE! Next year is ASE's 30th anniversary and the company pledges to contribute at least NTD100 million per year for the next 30 years with a minimum total amount of NTD3 billion to Taiwan's environmental protection efforts.
ASE remains firmly committed to the city of Kaohsiung. Our investments in Kaohsiung will continue and our commitment to the environmental protection remains unchanged.
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