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21 April 2016

Renesas Electronic To Resume Partial Production


Renesas Electronic’s automotive chip plant in Kumamoto Prefecture is set to resume partial production tomorrow, the company has announced.

Following last week’s earthquake in the region that claimed the lives of at least 48 people, Renesas and other leading electronic manufacturers in the region were forced to close their manufacturing processes.

However, the company said yesterday (Wednesday 20th) that after completing an investigation of the site, some manufacturing processes will recommence.

A press release, published last night, said:

“Having completed a thorough assessment, Renesas has decided to resume production of some of the manufacturing processes starting April 22.

“Renesas highly appreciates the kind understanding and support of the customers, partner companies and all those affected by this matter.

“Assuming that there is no massive aftershock and significant change in the state of material procurement situations, Renesas, in accordance with the [Business Continuity Plan], aims to resume productions of other remaining processes step by step to reach full pre-earthquake production capacity at an earliest possible date.”

There is no timetable for a return to full production, however, partly due to the company facing its own shortage of components.

Lead times & supply chains still distrupted

Kumamoto Prefecture, located in the centre of Japan’s Kyushu Island, is home to a multitude of semiconductor and electronic-related manufacturers. Aside from Renesas, other companies to have production facilities within the region include Sony, Tokyo Electron and Mitsubishi Electric.

Reports in the Japanese and Asian press state that Tokyo Electron is set to bring production back to its plant in Koshi by the middle of next week at the latest, though it will not be running anywhere near maximum capacity for the time being.

However, at the time of publication, neither Sony nor Mitsubishi had announced when their plants in Kumamoto would resume operation.

Obviously, it is good news that production is gradually returning to the region, but many supply chains are likely to either experience a shortage in components or face a prolonged lead times for specific parts.

Keep checking the Cyclops Blog to find the latest news regarding the Japanese electronics industry, including lead times and the resumption of manufacturing capabilities within the region.

19 April 2016

Renesas, Sony and Mitsubishi Electric Production Comes to a Standstill

The recent earthquakes to hit south-east Japan have halted certain sections of the country’s electronics supply chain.

Leading component manufacturers such as Sony, Mitsubishi Electric and Renesas are just some of the businesses to pause their production lines.

While the medium-to-long-term ramifications are yet to become clear, we are aware of some short-term disruptions.

Renesas Electronics Corp, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of semiconductors and microcontrollers, confirmed that it halted production after its Kumamoto City-based plant sustained damage in the earthquakes.

The chipmaker has stated that they would undertake a thorough investigation of the entire facility before making a decision when to resume production.

Although Sony’s plants in the prefectures of Nagasaki and Oita recommenced after a brief pause, the electronics giant announced that its Technology Center in the district of Kikuchi is set to be inactive for the near future.  

Haruka Kitagawa, a spokesperson for Sony, confirmed to the Japanese and International press that the damage was minimal and that the company was “checking...when we can restart.”

However, Kenichi Saita, an analyst at Mizuho Securities, was much more cautious in his outlook. “There is a concern on the impact on production and shipments,” he wrote in a report.

The facility primarily creates image sensors, optical, and micro-display devices, and makes items used by leading smartphone manufacturers, such as owners Sony and Apple.

Similarly, Mitsubishi Electric also announced that it had temporarily suspended production lines at its Kumamoto-based facility.

To view our current in-stock list for Sony and Renesas (including NEC) products, please visit the downloads section of our website.

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