Update 2-Earthquake in Japan Impact Electronic Supply Chain

Update 2-Earthquake in Japan Impact Electronic Supply Chain

Several semiconductor manufacturers in Japan who were impacted by the earthquake in April have released the most recent updates on their product lines:


Sony:

  • Damage to the building itself has been confirmed to be primarily to the upper layer of the building, and reinforcement work will be carried out in this area.

  • The clean rooms used for wafer processing and manufacturing equipment, both located on the lower layer of the building have not been significantly damaged, and preparations are now underway to resume production. Manufacturing operations are targeted to resume around the end of May 2016.

  • Regarding back-end processes, such as assembly and measurement, as well as processing operations for components such as camera modules, which are carried out on the upper layer of the building, Sony has confirmed that there is damage to the clean rooms, manufacturing equipment and other equipment. Further analysis of the extent of this damage is currently underway.

  • Damage to finished product inventory such as image sensors at Kumamoto Technology Center is limited, and shipments of these products have already resumed. The status of semi-finished and uncompleted products is currently being confirmed.

Mitsubishi Electric:

Mitsubishi Electric announces the latest status of factories affected by the earthquakes in Kumamoto as follows.

The resuming efforts are continuing with the support by hundreds of persons from external companies in Power Device Works (Kumamoto) and LCD factory. The both clean rooms have been resumed on April 27 and currently are working. Regarding the production equipment, recovery efforts are continued to resume production partially on each dates announced.


Power Device Works (Kumamoto): Wafer factories in Koshi area

  • Continuing recovery efforts to resume production partially on May 9

  • Clean room: has been resumed on April 27 and is working

  • Production equipment: continuing preparations for resuming production, and currently there has not been any factors which are considered to delay resuming on May 9

  • Some processes will be performed at alternative production lines

  • *Assembly factories in Fukuoka and Hyogo area are operating as usual

LCD factory: Melco Display Technology Inc. in Shisui area

  • Continuing recovery efforts to resume production partially on May 20

  • Clean room: has been resumed on April 27 and is working

  • Production equipment: continuing preparations for resuming production, and currently there has not been any factors which are considered to delay resuming on May 20

  • Some processes will be performed at alternative production lines

High-frequency and optical device factories: Melco Advanced Device Co. in Isahaya, Nagasaki

  • Operation: operating as usual without any problem