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

2018
September 9

September 2018

September 2018
Amkor’s new test facility T6 begins operations in Taiwan
January 9

January 2018

January 2018
Amkor Technology celebrated its 50th anniversary
2017
May 19

May 2017

May 2017
Amkor Technology acquires wafer level fan-out semiconductor packaging provider NANIUM in Portugal
March 1

March 2017

March 2017
Global R&D Center (K5) Begins Production
2016
March 19

March 2016

March 2016
Amkor Technology completes construction of Global R&D Center and K5 plant
2015
March 19

March 2015

March 2015
Amkor Technology sales office established in Munich, Germany
February 20

February 2015

February 2015
Amkor Technology moves company headquarters to Tempe, AZ from Chandler, AZ
2013
March 19

July 2013

July 2013
Amkor Technology acquires Toshiba’s automotive semiconductor operation in Malaysia
March 19

March 2013

Amkor Technology and J-Devices acquire three additional semiconductor plants in Japan from Renesas Semiconductor
2012
February 19

February 2012

Amkor Technology and J-Devices acquire two additional semiconductor plants in Japan from Fujitsu Semiconductor
2011
July 19

July 2011

AEO certification from the highest AAA rating Customs
2010
December 19

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 19

October 2009

October 2009
Amkor establishes J-Devices in Kyushu, Japan through joint venture with NMD and Toshiba
2008
May 19

May 2008

Amkor Technology celebrates the 40th anniversary of Amkor Korea’s semiconductor business
2006
September 19

September 2006

Amkor, Common platform Technology Alliance with IBM, Chartered and Samsung
2005
June 19

June 2005

June 2005
Amkor Technology moves company headquarters to Chandler, AZ from West Chester, PA
2004
August 19

August 2004

Amkor Technology acquires Unitive (USA and Taiwan Corporation)
May 30

May 2004

May 2004
Amkor Technology acquires IBM Singapore test plant (Amkor Technology Singapore, Inc.)
May 1

May 2004

Amkor Technology acquires second major semiconductor plant in Shanghai, China from IBM
February 19

February 2004

Amkor Technology establishes second semiconductor plant in Taiwan
2002
May 19

May 2002

Amkor Technology acquires Citizen Watch semiconductor assembly business
2001
December 19

December 2001

December 2001
Amkor Technology establishes two semiconductor packaging plants in Taiwan
July 19

July 2001

July 2001
Amkor Technology establishes semiconductor packaging plant in Shanghai, China
March 19

March 2001

Amkor Technology engages in a joint venture with Toshiba in Japan
2000
November 19

November 2000

Amkor Technology Philippines P4 semiconductor plant completed
1998
May 19

May 1998

May 1998
Amkor Technology, Inc. listed on NASDAQ (AMKR)
1997
April 19

April 1997

April 1997
Amkor Technology Korea K4 semiconductor packaging plant completed
1995
January 19

January 1995

January 1995
Amkor Technology Philippines P3 semiconductor packaging plant completed
1993
December 19

December 1993

ANAM Industrial sales office established in France
1989
March 19

March 1989

March 1989
Amkor acquires AMD semiconductor plant establishing Amkor Philippines
1987
January 19

January 1987

ANAM Industrial office established in Tokyo, Japan
1970
December 14

March 1970

ANAM Semiconductor production and export begins
1968
April 19

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 14

March 1968

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