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Rohm eyes Japan reshoring from China and Southeast Asia

Apple supplier JDI also sees move making sense with advance in automation

A Rohm factory in Malaysia was shuttered under a lockdown mandate as the coronavirus spread. (Image courtesy of the company)

TOKYO/KYOTO -- Japanese components makers are considering bringing more of the manufacturing process back home as factory automation reduces costs and pandemic-induced plant shutdowns abroad prompt them to rethink supply chains.

Chipmaker Rohm has developed a production line that automates the labor-intensive back-end of semiconductor fabrication. The company will try out the line at a Fukuoka Prefecture factory starting this summer, with plans to ramp up to mass production in the second half of 2021.

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