Monday, September 05, 2016

Sony Kumamoto Fab Impacted by Another Earthquake

Corrected: Sony Kumamoto fab has been impacted by another earthquake on Aug. 31, 2016:

"The impact of the earthquakes that occurred at 7:46 PM (local time) on August 31 and at 6:33 AM (local time) on September 1, 2016 in the Kumamoto region of Kumamoto Prefecture is as follows:

Operations at Sony Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation's Kumamoto Technology Center (located in Kikuchi Gun, Kumamoto Prefecture), which primarily manufactures image sensors for digital cameras and security cameras, were halted in order to inspect the site's building and manufacturing equipment. The site's building and manufacturing equipment did not sustain any damage. Work is currently underway to sequentially restart the manufacturing equipment, and production is expected to resume during the morning of September 3, 2016.
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Thanks to KP for the correction to the original post!

2 comments:

  1. Lest anyone is as confused as me (didn't they already restart production in the fab but had problems with the QA and packaging on the upper floor?) the critical bit missing in the quote is the opening sentence of the PR not quoted above:

    "The impact of the earthquakes that occurred at 7:46 PM (local time) on August 31 and at 6:33 AM (local time) on September 1, 2016 in the Kumamoto region of Kumamoto Prefecture is as follows ..."

    i.e. recent new 5.1ish quakes 10km west of Kumamoto

    http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/us10006j11#executive

    not the original 7.0 quake from April 2016

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2016_Kumamoto_earthquakes

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