Japanese maker of microchips and related components, Renesas Electronics, announced the suspension of work at three factories following a powerful earthquake that struck Japan on March 16. Renesas is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of automotive and other semiconductors.
An official statement was released on the company’s website, in which Renesas offers its condolences to the victims and announces the cessation of operations at three factories near the earthquake’s epicenter. According to reports, the natural disaster affected the work of industries in Ibaraki, Gunma and Yamagata prefectures. According to preliminary information, other plants of the company and associated structures were not affected.
According to official information, there were no injuries in any of the three plants, one person suffered bruises. Nonetheless, work was halted at all three companies after a temporary power outage restoredand the Yonezawa plant resumed work on some test lines.
The company is now analyzing the effects of the earthquake on the entire supply chain. The impact of the shutdown of three semiconductor plants on the entire industry has yet to be assessed.