The semiconductor device market is experiencing rapid expansion as the demand shifts from traditional consumer devices to high-growth industries
The investment aligns with QIA’s efforts to partner with diverse businesses at the forefront of innovation
DOHA, 22 June 2023: Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) has taken a minority stake in Kokusai Electric Corporation (Kokusai) through its subsidiary company, Qatar Holding LLC.
Based in Japan, Kokusai is a leading specialist manufacturer of semiconductor equipment and plays a key role in the development of cutting-edge technology within the semiconductor industry globally.
QIA's investment in Kokusai comes as the semiconductor device market is experiencing rapid global growth with increasing demand from high-growth industries such as data centers and AI.
In line with this move, semiconductor devices are changing into more complex 3D structures which require semiconductor production equipment of higher quality, performance, and productivity. QIA believes that, as a leader in the production of deposition and treatment equipment across memory and logic chip product ranges, Kokusai is well placed to meet the growing demand globally.
Kokusai's mission is to support clients' needs in this drastically changing market with its cutting-edge deposition technologies.
Kokusai maintains a strong product range globally in the batch deposition equipment and treatment equipment markets. The company has production facilities in Japan and South Korea, with distribution and services facilities across the world.
“QIA is excited to be partnering with the Kokusai management team in Japan. We are confident that Kokusai's innovative technology and proven products position the company for long-term success across the sector. This investment is aligned with QIA's strategy of supporting innovative companies shaping the future of the global economy", said Faisal Al-Thani, Chief Investment Officer for Asia Pacific & Africa at QIA.
QIA has acquired the shares in Kokusai from global investment firm KKR.