Toshiba chipmaking plants forgo summer holidays

Tokyo, Japan – Toshiba Corp. said that its four chipmaking plants will continue to fully operate during the upcoming summer holiday period thanks to an upturn in the market.

“As market conditions are favorable, the factories will give up their summer vacations,” said a spokesman at Toshiba.

Toshiba’s Yokkaichi, central Japan plant, which makes memory chips, had planned to stop operations for a total of 14 days in July and August, but will now operate fully except for a three-day halt required for maintenance, reported the Nihon Keizai Shimbun.

The company also said its Oita and Kita-Kyushu factories in southern Japan will keep operating by giving up their initially planned 13-day and nine-day summer holidays. The Oita plant makes system large-scale ICs, while the Kita-Kyushu plant manufactures bipolar chips.

The company’s Himeji, western Japan, plant, which makes discrete chips, had also planned to stop operations for 14 days, but will now continue operations except for a three-day halt for air-conditioning repairs, it said.

Toshiba’s move reflects the continuing recovery in semiconductor production in Japan thanks to rising global chip demand.


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