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Japanese Earthquake Impacts Semiconductor Industry

Published: 26 April 2016

ID: G00307952

Analyst(s): Hiroyuki Shimizu

Summary

On 14 April, a foreshock struck Kumamoto Prefecture on Kyushu Island, Japan; the main earthquake hit the same area on 16 April, and large aftershocks continue. Semiconductor product managers must investigate and address the extent of the earthquake's impact on infrastructure and facilities.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts

Analysis

  • Impacts on Semiconductor Production Facilities
    • Sony (Sony Semiconductor Manufacturing)
    • Renesas Electronics
    • Mitsubishi
  • Impacts on Logistics and Infrastructure
    • Lifeline
    • Public Transportation
    • Logistics Infrastructure

Impacts and Recommendations

  • The short-term impact of the earthquakes will be significantly less than the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, so product managers in the supply chain can restart production more quickly
  • Logistics and supply chain infrastructure will be disrupted longer than expected because of earthquake damage to physical infrastructure, which product managers must address
  • Recurring natural disasters highlight the need for improved risk mitigation and business continuity planning for Japanese semiconductor companies

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