TOKYO, Aug. 23 (Kyodo) — Renesas Electronics Corp. will recover its semiconductor shipments at its main factory in Ibaraki Prefecture to the level prior to the March 11 disaster by mid-September, moving up the initial goal of doing so by a half-month earlier, company officials said Tuesday.
Combining chips manufactured at other plants, the Naka factory in Hitachinaka, Ibaraki, would also be able to secure shipments above the pre-quake level at the end of September, they said.
Renesas accounts for some 40 percent of the global market for microcontrollers for automobiles. The quake-induced damage to the Naka factory has disrupted global supply chains for the products.
Renesas is seeking to speed up the pace of recovery because major Japanese carmakers have pledged to boost their automobile production levels sharply in and after this fall, the officials added.