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Toshiba in turmoil

Toshiba Memory's $9bn plant marks fresh start with Western Digital

Partners work to bury the hatchet and narrow Samsung's lead in flash memory

Toshiba Memory's new fab in Iwate Prefecture will join its Yokkaichi site, pictured here, in producing flash memory chips.

TOKYO -- Toshiba Memory broke ground Tuesday on a chip fabrication complex in the northern Japan, an opportunity to mend ties with partner Western Digital after their protracted legal battle over the sale of the flash memory unit.

"We can focus on developing technology" now that the dust has settled, President Yasuo Naruke said at a ceremony over the din of construction.

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