Report: Soccer trumps holidays for Japan chipmakers

April 21, 2006 – Several Japanese chipmakers are extending working hours during the “golden week” of holidays in late April and early May, in order to capitalize on projected demand for digital consumer electronics devices ahead of this summer’s World Cup soccer matches, according to the Nihon Keizai Shimbun.

Toshiba Corp. plans to operate its main NAND flash plant in Yokkaichi through the holidays, while shutting down lines at its Oita plant for two days for inspection. The company closed operations at Oita for six days last year.

NEC Electronics Corp. will keep open all four of its domestic production sites; last year, all but its leading-edge facility in Yamagata were closed during the holidays.

Meanwhile, Elpida also will run its more advanced lines without interruption, although it plans to shut down some of its older-generation lines for inspection.


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