How we got to where we are today.

It all began with a bicycle…

In 1935, Hyang-Soo Kim opened his first business on the south side of Seoul, Korea, selling imported Japanese goods, including bicycles. That business eventually grew to include the manufacturing of bicycle parts, resulting in the founding of ANAM Industries in 1945.

Seeking greater economic vitality, the Korean government looked to semiconductors as the future, so ANAM entered into semiconductor manufacturing in 1968; starting with just three wire bonders and two die bonders.

Soon after, with the help of his son, Joo-Jin (James) Kim, founder of Amkor Electronics, Inc., they began to sell ANAM’s products around the world. In the years since, Amkor Technology, Inc. has grown to become a world class supplier in the semiconductor industry, providing the highest quality packaging and test services.

Hyang-Soo’s principles were simple: work for the customer’s trust; maintain trust with quality and patience, and cut costs wherever possible. These values would help drive the growth of Amkor, the semiconductor industry and the transformation of Korea’s economy.

Amkor’s timeline: the history of a technology leader

Explore Amkor’s history of continuous improvement, growth and innovation by year.

50 Years of Leadership: The Amkor Timeline

2017
”May

May 2017

May 2017
Amkor Technology acquires wafer level fan-out semiconductor packaging provider NANIUM S.A.
”March

March 2017

March 2017
Global R&D Center (K5) Begins Production
2016
”March

March 2016

March 2016
Amkor Technology completes construction of Global R&D Center and K5 plant
2015
”March

March 2015

March 2015
Amkor Technology sales office established in Munich, Germany
”February

February 2015

February 2015
Amkor Technology moves company headquarters to Tempe, AZ from Chandler, AZ
2013
”March

July 2013

July 2013
Amkor Technology acquires Toshiba’s automotive semiconductor operation in Malaysia
”March

March 2013

Amkor Technology and J-Devices acquire three additional semiconductor plants in Japan from Renesas Semiconductor
2012
”February

February 2012

Amkor Technology and J-Devices acquire two additional semiconductor plants in Japan from Fujitsu Semiconductor
2011
”July

July 2011

AEO certification from the highest AAA rating Customs
2010
”December

July 2010

July 2010
The world’s first 40 micrometer fine pitch flip chip with copper pillar development and production by Amkor and Texas Instruments
2009
”December

October 2009

October 2009
Amkor establishes J-Devices in Kyushu, Japan through joint venture with NMD and Toshiba
2008
”May

May 2008

Amkor Technology celebrates the 40th anniversary of Amkor Korea’s semiconductor business
2006
”September

September 2006

Amkor, Common platform Technology Alliance with IBM, Chartered and Samsung
2005
”June

June 2005

June 2005
Amkor Technology moves company headquarters to Chandler, AZ from West Chester, PA
2004
”August

August 2004

Amkor Technology acquires Unitive (USA and Taiwan Corporation)
”May

May 2004

May 2004
Amkor Technology acquires IBM Singapore test plant (Amkor Technology Singapore, Inc.)
”May

May 2004

Amkor Technology acquires second major semiconductor plant in Shanghai, China from IBM
”February

February 2004

Amkor Technology establishes second semiconductor plant in Taiwan
2002
”May

May 2002

Amkor Technology acquires Citizen Watch semiconductor assembly business
2001
”December

December 2001

December 2001
Amkor Technology establishes two semiconductor packaging plants in Taiwan
”July

July 2001

July 2001
Amkor Technology establishes semiconductor packaging plant in Shanghai, China
”March

March 2001

Amkor Technology engages in a joint venture with Toshiba in Japan
2000
”November

November 2000

Amkor Technology Philippines P4 semiconductor plant completed
1998
”May

May 1998

May 1998
Amkor Technology, Inc. listed on NASDAQ (AMKR)
1997
”April

April 1997

April 1997
Amkor Technology Korea K4 semiconductor packaging plant completed
1995
”January

January 1995

January 1995
Amkor Technology Philippines P3 semiconductor packaging plant completed
1993
”December

December 1993

ANAM Industrial sales office established in France
1989
”March

March 1989

March 1989
Amkor acquires AMD semiconductor plant establishing Amkor Philippines
1987
”January

January 1987

ANAM Industrial office established in Tokyo, Japan
1970
”December

March 1970

ANAM Semiconductor production and export begins
1968
”April

April 1968

April 1968
Joo-Jin (James) Kim founded Amkor Electronics, Inc. (current Amkor Technology, Inc.) and opened the sales office of the semiconductor packaging company in Philadelphia
”March

March 1968

March 1968
Hyang-Soo Kim founded ANAM Industrial Co., South Korea’s first semiconductor business