Earthquake in Japan Adds to Existing Supply Chain Turbulence
On March 16, 2022, a magnitude 7.4 earthquake jolted parts of Japan. The quake was felt off the coast of Fukushima and spanned to Tokyo, where buildings reportedly swayed violently. Following the earthquake, a small tsunami reached shore but the low-risk advisory was lifted Thursday morning.
Assessment of the earthquake’s impact is still underway. Fusion Worldwide’s global team has collected information about manufacturers in the region and the potential effects this event will have on the supply chain.
The information below will be updated as information is collected:
Status of Operations
Sony Group Corp
Sony halted operations at two of its factories that manufacture the following products:
The factories are located in Miyagi prefecture and Yamagata prefecture and are still under assessment to check equipment and confirm the safety of workers/operations.
Shin-Etsu Chemical Co., Ltd.
SUMCO and Shin-Etsu, both have raw wafer plants in Fukushima that were affected by the earthquake.
Effects are still being assessed, but facilities have been shut down and the likelihood of damage to machines and silicon wafer input is high.
Kioxia’s K1 factory in Kitakami was in a major earthquake zone. The factory has since shutdown operations to inspect the possible damage. Already, the overall impact appears to be minimal, but the wafer input has been partially damaged.