Shin-Etsu Group Original Calendar 2016
– Coexisting with Natural Beauty and Culture –
As a world leader in silicon wafers which serve as the substrate for semiconductors, the Shin-Etsu Group continues to stand at the cutting edge of increasing wafer diameter and extreme flatness. Aiming for further growth, our production bases extend across North America, Asia, and Europe, together with Group companies Naoetsu Electronics, Nagano Electronics Industrial, and Mimasu Semiconductor Industry, as well as Shin-Etsu Handotai’s Shirakawa (Fukushima), Saigata (Niigata), Takefu (Fukui), and Isobe (Gunma) plants in Japan. The Shin-Etsu Group will continue to further improve our already world-renowned single-crystal production, advanced processing, and quality control technologies, as well as provide a stable supply of silicon wafers for integrated circuits. In this calendar we introduce some of the fantastic scenery surrounding the locations around the world where we engage in the production of silicon wafers, including the picturesque wonders of Taiwan, the history and culture of Fukushima, the charming resorts of Malaysia, the magnificent nature of North America, and the stunning cityscapes of the United Kingdom.
January & February:
Numerous famous pagodas and pavilions stand proudly in Lotus Pond, an area located in the suburbs of southwestern Taiwan which bustles with visitors thanks to Kaohsiung’s hallmark picturesque scenery. Kaohsiung is Taiwan’s second largest city after Taipei. The Port of Kaohsiung is one of the largest ports in the world, and the city also flourishes as a center for industry.
March & April:
Tsuruga-jo Castle/Fukushima Prefecture
Originally built by Ashina Naomori in 1384, the castle was later renovated, including additions such as the castle tower. This famous castle, said to be impregnable, is also a well-known spot for viewing cherry blossoms in the spring. The city of Aizuwakamatsu once flourished as the castle town beneath Tsuruga-jo Castle, which is also known as Wakamatsu-jo Castle.
May & June:
Ouchi-juku and Rhododendrons/Fukushima Prefecture
During the Edo period, Ouchi-juku flourished as an important post station along the Shimotsuke Highway, which connected Aizuwakamatsu (in present-day Fukushima Prefecture) and Imaichi (in present-day Tochigi Prefecture). Many traditional thatched roof buildings remain at the site, making this post town, a nationally designated Important Preservation District for Historic Buildings, a popular tourist destination.
July & August:
Reachable by boat from Kuala Besut on the east coast of the Malay Peninsula, the Perhentian Islands are a resort area surrounded by the coral reefs under the waters of the sea off Kuala Terengganu. Distinguished by their beautiful beaches and the extremely clear water, the islands are dotted with diving points. The region is also known as a site for sea turtles to lay their eggs.
September & October:
Mount Hood/The United States
Located in the northwest of the United States and facing the Pacific Ocean, Oregon is blessed with an abundance of natural beauty, and almost half of the area of the state comprised of forest. Beautiful in form, Mount Hood, a volcano 3,426 meters above sea level in the Cascade mountain range, is the highest point in the state. The area is also famous as one of the top places for skiing in the country.
November & December:
Edinburgh (World Heritage Site)/Scotland
Edinburgh is located in the northeast of the United Kingdom and is the capital of Scotland. The city is comprised of the Old Town, centering around Edinburgh Castle rising above a small rocky mountain and filled with streets that have stood since the Middle Ages; and the orderly streets of the New Town, arranged according to urban planning implemented since the 18th century. In 1995, Edinburgh was registered as a World Heritage Site.