Japan earthquake will exacerbate semiconductor shortages: chemical suppliers hit

In northeastern Japan last weekend, there were strong enough tremors that forced some companies to suspend production in order to assess possible damage. Among them were suppliers of raw materials for contract manufacturers of semiconductor components, which are already in short supply. This means that a natural disaster could aggravate the shortage of chips.

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In addition to Renesas Electronics, as the newspaper notes Nikkei Asian Review, Japanese suppliers of silicon wafer processing chemicals could be hurt. At least Shin-Etsu Chemical has shut down the plant in Fukushima, the epicenter of the earthquake. According to preliminary data, the enterprise for the production of chemicals for silicon wafers was not particularly affected, the power supply was restored, and on Sunday, the equipment began to be prepared for restart. It is still premature to talk about the amount of damage, but it has not been completely avoided.

Mitsui Chemicals has suspended operations at a chemical plant in Chiba Prefecture due to power outages caused by the earthquake. According to company representatives, it will take ten to fourteen days to fully restore production. The company produces, among other things, reagents for the production of automotive components. For the first time, there are reserves of raw materials, but the company does not undertake to say yet how the earthquake affected its further activities.

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