Renesas Electronics today said it will take longer than expected to fully rebuild production capacity at its fire-damaged chip manufacturing plant in Japan. According to the new forecast, production will be restored by mid-June, rather than by the end of May, as previously thought.

The company said in a statement that at the end of May, the capacity of its 300mm wafer line at its Naka plant was able to return to about 88% pre-fire level. The remaining new hardware will be installed and powered on by the middle of this month.

The fire, caused by a power outage, has hit car makers around the world, which are facing a shortage of microcontrollers for automotive electronics. Renesas manufactures nearly a third of the microcontrollers used in automobiles worldwide.

As a result of the fire, an area of ​​600 m2 was damaged2… 23 pieces of equipment were put out of action. The clean room required for the production of microcircuits was filled with combustion products.

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