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Renesas to restore full capacity at fire-hit chip plant this month

Recovery slightly behind schedule three months after incident

Renesas Electronics is a key supplier of automotive chips, and its factory fire has disrupted production at Toyota Motor, Nissan Motor and others.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Renesas Electronics expects to restore full production capacity at a key semiconductor factory by the end of June following a fire there three months ago, though how quickly the automotive supplier can bring shipments back up to speed remains unclear.

The N3 building at the Naka factory, which produces mainly automotive microcontrollers, shut down after the March 19 incident. More than 95% of the facility's capacity has been restored since its April 17 reopening, a source familiar with the matter said. Further adjustments are needed to consistently achieve pre-fire levels of production.

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