Renesas, the world's third largest auto chip factory, stopped production because of the fire at a time when there was a global shortage of auto chips.
According to media reports, recently,A fire broke out in a factory of Renesas, a Japanese auto chip manufacturer, in Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan. The fire has been put out, but the production of the factory has been suspended due to the fire. At present, there is no plan to resume production.
Recently, many auto chip manufacturers have stopped production due to force majeure, which has strained the chip supply of major auto companies all over the world, and many of them have to stop production temporarily. The Reza factory fire is undoubtedly a big blow to the supply of automotive chips.
It is reported that there are two buildings in Risa's factory in Ibaraki. One of the buildings where the fire broke out is N3 building, which produces 12 inch wafers, mainly for automotive semiconductors; the other building is safe and sound.
According to the official,The cause of the fire was thoroughly investigated and efforts were made to prevent recurrence. As for the impact on manufacturing equipment, work in process and financial impact on the company has not yet been determined and is currently under investigation.
It is worth noting that Renesas previously said that the shortage of automotive chips may last until the second half of 2021.
However, after the fire in the Ibaraki factory, it may make the situation worse, because semiconductor manufacturing takes three months, and once it is interrupted by interference, it is very difficult to restart.
So,If the factory in Ibaraki is shut down for a long time due to the fire, it may aggravate the shortage of automotive semiconductors, which is even worse for the automobile manufacturers.
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