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7.3 quake shakes Japan's IC, auto industries

Posted: 19 Apr 2016 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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In its latest updates, the company said: "Following the main quake on April 16, the Group resumed investigation to assess manufacturing equipment damage. Having confirmed the safety of the clean room, the Group began investigating inside the clean room yesterday and is currently assessing manufacturing equipment. A decision on a schedule for resuming operations will be made as soon as the Group completes its damage assessment of the whole facility." As for the impact on Renesas' supply chain, the company reported, "Further damage has been confirmed at some subcontractor companies. To recover, the overall supply chain will require simultaneous restoration of the material suppliers and subcontractors. The Group will continue assessing and will cooperate with suppliers and partner companies to achieve early recovery of the supply chain."

As for Sony, after the initial earthquake, the company stopped operations at Technology Centers in Kumamoto, Nagasaki and Oita. By late afternoon on April 17, Sony fabs in Oita and Nagasaki resumed production. The Kumamoto fab remains shut. Although Sony confirmed no major structural damage at its Kumamoto Technology Center, it continues checking the state of its production equipment. "Due to the continuing aftershocks, we have been able to do our assessment activities only intermittently," a Sony spokesman told EE Times Japan.

The Kumamoto fab makes image sensors for digital cameras. Sony's plant in Nagasaki, which resumed full operation Sunday, is the company's major production facility for image sensors for smartphones, according to Sony.

Mitsubishi shut down its power device production plant in Kumamoto on April 14. Repair operations were stopped by the second big earthquake on April 17. No structural damage was reported on the building, but the state of the production equipment has not been confirmed. "We are still assessing," a Mitsubishi spokesman told EE Times Japan.

Mitsubishi also makes LCD modules in Kumamoto. The company halted operations after the quake, and it is still diagnosing possible damage, according to EE Times Japan.

Kyushu automotives

Figure 3: Auto companies in Kyushu. (Source: Kyushu Bureau of Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry)

-Contributed by Tatsuya Takemoto
EE Times Japan

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