Renesas Electronics Corp. said on Tuesday that it would take longer than expected to restore full production capacity at a chip-damaged plant in Japan, predicting that it would return to normal by mid-June before the end of May.
At the end of May, capacity at the 300mm chip line at the Naka plant in eastern Japan reached 88% before the fires, the company said in a statement. All new equipment would be installed and turned on by “mid-June,” he added.
The fire, caused by an electrical breakdown, was already a blow to find enough automotive semiconductors for carmakers around the world. Renesas makes almost a third of the Microcontroller chips used in cars around the world.
The fire burned an area of 600 square meters (6,458 square feet), destroyed 23 machines and filled the ultrasensitive room needed for chip making with smoke and soot.
The Japanese government asked equipment manufacturers to help in the Renaissance, and customers, among others, sent officials from Toyota Motor Corp. to help the chip maker restart the line.
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