TOKYO (Reuters) – Renesas Electronics, a key provider of automotive semiconductors, stated its most superior chip plant remained closed on Monday because it checked for injury from a quake that struck northeast Japan on Saturday.
The 7.3 magnitude tremor brought on a blackout on the Naka manufacturing unit in Ibaraki prefecture, halting operations together with on the corporate’s solely cutting-edge 300-millimeter fabrication line.
“We’re conducting security checks on the plant’s clear room, the place hazardous chemical compounds are used,” a spokeswoman for Renesas stated.
The corporate can also be checking for disruptions to provides of supplies it makes use of to fabricate semiconductors, she added.
Any extended disruptions may additional squeeze international chip provides amid a scarcity that has already compelled some carmakers to curtail manufacturing.
The Japan Meteorological Company (JMA) has warned that aftershocks may final for a number of days.
(Reporting by Tim Kelly. Enhancing by Gerry Doyle)
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