Members in the News – Merck Group

Life sciences conglomerate Merck Group recently opened its new Kaohsiung Delivery Systems and Services site which will supply special gases and forward-looking materials for its semiconductor manufacturing business. This R&D and production center is one of four in the world run by Merck, and will complement the existing thin film materials R&D and production site on the same campus, uniquely bundling key expertise for integrated semiconductor manufacturing. Merck says the plant will triple capacity for the Asian market and serve the semiconductor industry globally.

Merck has been present in Taiwan for over 30 years, in electronics, healthcare and life sciences. Recent acquisitions have catapulted Merck to the forefront of microelectronics technology. The opening of the Kaohsiung plant is the first phase in Merck’s NT$17 billion investment in Taiwan announced in December 2021. The second phase will break ground in early 2023.

Merck Group has been an AmCham Taiwan member since December 2015. Managing Director John Lee has served as an AmCham governor since January 2022 and, recently, as Treasurer, as well as representing the firm, alongside Judy Huang, Head of Communications and Government Affairs, on our new Semiconductor Committee. His colleague Suresh Rajaraman, Senior Vice President and Business Head of Thin Film Solutions, recently stepped forward to co-lead our Chemicals Manufacturing Committee. On the healthcare side Boon Huey Ee, Managing Director for Merck Healthcare in Hong Kong & Macau and General Manager for Merck Healthcare Taiwan, regularly speaks as part of our NextGen Leadership Program, where she inspires the next generation of business leaders. External Affairs Director James Wang contributes avidly to the Pharmaceuticals and Public Health committees.