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Renesas to make auto chips at alternative plant

Company to shift production to western Japan after fire at factory north of Tokyo

Japanese chipmaker Renesas is looking for more alternative production sites to make up for lost output, and placing orders with overseas manufacturers.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Renesas Electronics is using a factory in Japan's western Ehime Prefecture to make automotive semiconductors after a fire at another of its plants, in Ibaraki Prefecture north of Tokyo, halted production there.

Renesas' Saijo factory in Ehime has 200 mm wafer fabrication lines and mainly makes chips for cars. The company has not disclosed the scale of the output at the alternate site. Renesas continues to shift production to other factories and place orders with overseas chipmakers to make up for the shortfall.

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