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Kioxia's Yokkaichi fab fires, NAND Flash prices may rise?

Today (8), a fire broke out at the 6th wafer plant in Yokkaichi, Japan.


Kioxia issued a notice to customers that the company ’s Fab6 factory in Yokkaichi, Mie Prefecture, Japan was at 6.10 am on January 7, 2020. The internal equipment fire broke out and the fire was quickly extinguished without causing any casualties. The relevant cause of the fire and the damage to the production equipment of the factory are still under investigation and statistics, and the relevant damage statistics are completed. If it affects the customer's supply, it will be notified within the first time.



Regarding the fire alarm at Kioxia's wafer fab, the industry speculates that because the fire occurred in the factory's empty room, the clean room may not work properly in the short term. How much the price will affect.

In the recent period of time, the global storage industry has continued unexpectedly. On December 31, 2019, South Korea's Samsung Electronics also experienced a short-term power jump in the Huacheng plant, which caused the suspension of some NAND production lines and DRAM production lines. Loss or over millions of dollars.

In addition, on June 15, 2019, a 13-minute power failure occurred at Kioxia's factory in Yokkaichi, Mie Prefecture, Japan. At that time, all the factories including Fab2, Fab3, Fab4, Fab5 and Fab6 were affected, which affected the supply chain supply of the entire NAND Flash and lasted for a whole season.

With these several accidents in storage factories, the industry generally expects that there will be room for further increase in the price of NAND Flash.