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Chip-starved automakers shudder at Renesas plant's 1-month halt

Japanese company's shares down almost 5% after plant fire

Renesas is the world's No. 2 producer of automotive chips. (Photo by Hideaki Ryugen)

TOKYO -- Japanese chipmaker Renesas Electronics said Sunday that production may take up to a month to resume at a fire-damaged main factory in Hitachinaka, northeast of Tokyo.

But considering the many processes in semiconductor fabrication, it may take over three months for supply chains to return to normal.

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