Kaohsiung, Taiwan, R.O.C. – Sept 27, 2014 – TSMC today celebrated the upcoming completion of its NT$80 million (approximately US$2.7 million) reconstruction project providing assistance to communities in the south Taiwan city of Kaohsiung damaged by a series of gas explosion that caused more than 300 casualties.
The July 31, 2014 explosions of underground gas pipelines devastated a large community in a densely populated urban area and led to the temporary evacuation of more than 10,000 residents. Joining a broad national relief effort, TSMC launched its Kaohsiung Reconstruction project on August 5 with the aim of helping residents resume normal life as soon as possible and travel safely to and from their homes and workplaces in the damaged areas.
Joined by four construction companies assisting TSMC in the reconstruction, as well as more than 20 corporations that provided financial support, TSMC has worked seamlessly with its partners to complete 570 meters of sheet piling, 4,576 meters of temporary roads, 659 repairs on 361 homes, 4,858 meters of safety fences, and 5 temporary bridges in a period of less than two months.
Saturday’s celebration banquet, held in a high school in the community damaged by the blasts, expresses TSMC’s thanks to these partners. TSMC also invited 462 members of the community with homes repaired by the project to the 80-table banquet to express the company’s best wishes for a speedy recovery.
“Effective, innovative, and direct social participation is a key part of corporate social responsibility,” said TSMC Senior Vice President Ms. Lora Ho. “From Typhoon Morakot in 2009 to the Kaohsiung gas explosion incident, we have arrived at disaster sites with the most urgent speed to support reconstruction with our passion and professionalism, working closely with the government to fulfill the private sector’s role in emergency relief. This time, we have expanded participation to other enterprises, attracting more resources to magnify our impact. At this time of thanksgiving and fellowship, we hope to not only pass on our experience, but also honor every company and every person who participated.”
TSMC provided NT$40 million of the project’s NT$80 million budget. Approximately 40% of TSMC’s contribution was raised in 10 days thanks to enthusiastic employee participation through an internal charity platform. In addition, Foxconn group contributed NT$10 million, and members of Semiconductor Materials and Equipment International (SEMI) contributed NT$30 million.
Supporting Construction Companies
Da Cin Construction
Fu Tsu Construction
United Integrated Services
Foxconn Technology Group
Yeh Brothers Wood Works
Wholetech System Hitech
Cabot Microelectronics Taiwan
Dainippon Screen Electronics (Taiwan)