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Freescale confirms safety of Sendai fab workers

Posted: 17 Mar 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Freescale-Sendai fab? evacuation? fab operations?

Freescale Semiconductor has issued a statement assuring that all employees stationed at its 150mm wafer fab in Sendai during the March 11 earthquake are out of danger.

"Freescale has assembled our emergency task force and is in the process of monitoring and assessing the situation. We safely evacuated everyone from our Sendai fabrication facility following the earthquake and confirmed that no one was injured during that process. The communications and transportation infrastructure in the area remains disrupted and our global response team continues to work around the clock to assess the impact of the situation and all related issues," according to the statement released on March 14.

The statement continued: "Our primary concern remains with our employees and we are working closely with our Japan teams to assist our impacted employees and their families, including mechanisms that will give everybody at Freescale an opportunity to help."

There were online Japanese language reports over the weekend that the Sendai fab survived the quake and that no equipment was damaged.

Freescale's manufacturing facilitywhich is formally Tohoku Semiconductor located at Izumi-ku Sendai, about 13km from the coast that was devastated by tsunami waves, following the earthquake. The fab was originally constructed in 1987. Freescale has been trying to sell or close the facility and had said it would discontinue manufacturing in Sendai by the fourth quarter of 2011.

- Peter Clarke
??EE Times

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