TI's Japanese facilities recovering on schedule
When the massive earthquake and resulting tsunami hit Japan a while back TI announced that some of its operations within the country were affected and were offline. TI has now announced that with about two weeks past since the disaster its manufacturing sites in Miho and Aizu are progressing well in recovery efforts. The plants are on schedule to return to full production.
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At the site in Miho 40 miles northeast of Tokyo a milestone was hit over the weekend as repairs were completed on the infrastructure systems that will deliver water, gasses, chemicals, and air. The clean room was also recertified. TI also notes that about 90% of the equipment has been electrically checked out.
Ti expects that the Miho factory will resume initial production in mid-April and that full production will resume in mid-July. That would mean full shipment capability will return in September. TI's other fab located in Aizu about 150 miles north of Tokyo has already resumed initial production and is on track for full production by mid-April. The schedules at both plants depend on a stable source of electricity and as of now it is stable, but that could change.
TI has moved some of the production that was being done in its Japanese plants to other fabs that it operates including factories in Dallas and Richardson, Texas and in Freising, Germany. Another factory that has some influence on the plants and their ability to return to normal operations is the availability of the raw materials required. The material most concerning is the supply of components used for the ridged substrates of the 300mm wafers used at the plant. Some producers of raw materials are just starting to recover from the quake.