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Photo gallery: Rebuilding Renesas' Naka fab

Posted: 08 Aug 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Japan earthquake? Naka fab? manufacturing?

The Great Tohoku/Kanto earthquake on March 11 was the most horrendous earthquake to ever hit Japan's Renesas Electronics Corp. The degree of damage done to the microcontroller giant's Naka fab was virtually unknown as there had been no visuals. It was even more difficult to assess how Renesas' employees picked up the pieces, rebuilt the fab and resumed operation.

It was a mystery how Renesas rose from the tragedy because no outsider ever got to see photos of who actually worked on the facility. The employees devoted themselves in the recovery of their company, with 2,500 people a day tirelessly working shifts around the clock, running a thousand different tasks in parallel. With their hard work, Renesas was able to bring the Naka fab back online by early June, which is three months earlier than anyone expected.

Renesas team

A Renesas team repairs a production tool damaged in the March 11 earthquake.

The following images document how the Renesas team slowly rebuilt the fab from ground up. Through the photos, you will be able to meet the people responsible for this tremendous effort. It took the whole industryemployees, customers, suppliers, contractors and even competitorsto bring the fab back on track.

Renesas' flagship facility
On March 11, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami hit Japan. The quake had a big impact on Renesas' employees and facilities. The company ensured the safety of its employees, but the personal impact for some of them was severe. Some employees' homes were destroyed or severely damaged. Five of Renesas' manufacturing facilities were damaged in some way.

March 11 quake

The map shows the epicenter of the 9.0 magnitude quake.

The Naka fab in Hitachinaka is a flagship facility for Renesas. It was the first 12-inch wafer fab in the world when it opened in 2000. After the earthquake, teams were not able to enter the Naka factory for a while, as the power was out. Within a period of days following the earthquake, Renesas was able to assess the damage, assemble a crisis team, and begin repairing the plant.

Flagship facility

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