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Japan's Murata temporarily shuts key plant due to COVID cluster

Outbreak at electronic parts maker highlights growing risk to manufacturing

Murata has temporarily halted operations at its factory in Fukui, central Japan after the discovery of a COVID-19 cluster. (Source photos by Kaisuke Ota and Murata)

KYOTO -- Murata Manufacturing will close a key plant in Japan until at least next week following the outbreak of a COVID cluster, raising concerns about a potential shortage of electronic components that are used in everything from smartphones and appliances to cars and data centers.

The outbreak occurred at a plant in Echizen, Fukui Prefecture, central Japan, forcing the company to shut the plant to prevent further spread of the virus. As of Tuesday, 98 cases had been reported at the factory where 7,000 people work, including those from partner companies. The plant, run by subsidiary Fukui Murata Manufacturing, will be closed through Aug. 31.

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