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Renesas expects bigger damage from fire at its chip factory

Loss of advanced semiconductors could worsen global crunch

The fire broke out at Renesas' Naka factory in Hitachinaka, Ibaraki Prefecture, on March 19. (Photo courtesy of Renesas)

TOKYO -- Japanese chipmaker Renesas Electronics said on Monday that damage from a recent fire at a chipmaking plant could be worse than expected, with 17 machines affected, rather than 11 as originally counted.

The effects of soot were bigger than originally anticipated, the company said, fueling concerns over prolonged chip shortages for automakers, among other sectors.

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