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Toshiba heeds call to save power, closes units

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

Keywords:Toshiba fab? shutdowns? Japan? power shortages?

Toshiba Corp. has heeded the request of Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) for companies to save electricity by operating only those units involved in the delivery of vital services. TEPCO made the call in view of the power shortages and the need for emergency services following the powerful quake and tsunami that devastated northeast Japan on March 11.

The decision extends to all of Toshiba's companies, and covers production and business premises where TEPCO plans rolling blackouts, with the exception of the headquarters building. Toshiba said it would provide further information on measures being taken beyond March 14.

Toshiba, a leading manufacturer of consumer goods, was the world's third largest producer of ICs in 2010. Toshiba did not say how many of its wafer fabs have been directly affected by events on Friday or are now being closed due to the power-saving decision. But it did comment on Iwate Toshiba Electronics Co. Ltd's wafer fab located in the Tohoku region strongly hit by the earthquake. The Iwate Toshiba Electronics wafer fab in Kitakami City, Iwate prefecture produces logic ICs for consumer and industrial applications.

"As it is located in the region strongly hit by the earthquake, the factory immediately came to a halt and currently remains out of operation. There appears to be no significant damage to the factory building, and the company has started to examine the extent of the damage to production equipment, aiming to recover operations. The outlook for when the factory can resume production is uncertain," a company spokesperson said.

- Peter Clarke
??EE Times

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