So far, assessments have been made of the impact on Renesas’ operations related to this week’s earthquake, but there are other companies in northwestern Japan that have also had to close as a result of the disaster. It affected the activities of Sony, Kioxia and Murata, and the impact on the production of Toyota cars is not excluded.
As you know, Renesas’ automotive suppliers in the region had to stop work in two out of three cases, and in the third case production is only continuing to a limited extent. A 7.4-magnitude earthquake was recorded Wednesday east of Fukushima Prefecture, which has been notorious since 2011 for events that disrupted a local nuclear power plant.
As explained ReutersThe activities of nearby companies of other Japanese companies were also affected by the earthquake this week. Capacitor maker Murata had to close four factories in the area. One of them even started a fire, which was extinguished.
Toyota Motor the day before mentioned the need to reduce the volume of auto production to an average monthly number of 800,000 units in the second quarter, stressing that this estimate did not take into account the possible consequences of the recent earthquake.
Sony Corporation had to stop the work of three companies specializing in the production of disk drives, diodes for lasers and image sensors. Your work will be gradually resumed. Memory chip maker Kioxia said lines at a plant in Japan were automatically shut down as a result of the earthquake. It is still difficult for companies to accurately assess the damage and to state when production will be fully resumed in the affected plants.