LONDON – All the employees who were working at Freescale's Sendai 150-mm wafer fab when the massive earthquake hit northern Japan on Friday (March 11) are safe, the company has said.
Freescale issued the following statement on Monday (March 14): "Freescale has
assembled our emergency task force and is in the process of monitoring and
assessing the situation. We safely evacuated everyone from our Sendai
fabrication facility following the earthquake and confirmed that no one was injured
during that process. The communications and transportation infrastructure in
the area remains disrupted and our global response team continues to work
around the clock to assess the impact of the situation and all related issues."
The statement continued: "Our primary concern
remains with our employees and we are working closely with our Japan teams to
assist our impacted employees and their families, including mechanisms that
will give everybody at Freescale an opportunity to help."
There were online Japanese language reports over the weekend that the Sendai fab survived the quake and that no equipment was damaged.
Freescale's manufacturing facility – which is formally Tohoku Semiconductor Corp. – is located at Izumi-ku Sendai, about 8 miles from the coast that was devastated by tsunami waves, following the earthquake. The fab was originally constructed in 1987. Freescale has been trying to sell or close the facility and had said it would discontinue manufacturing in Sendai by the fourth quarter of 2011.
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