SAN FRANCISCO—All seven of the Fujitsu Group manufacturing facilities that were idled in the aftermath of the 9.0-magnitude earthquake that stuck off the coast of the coast of Japan March 11 have now resumed operations at 100 percent of capacity as of Wednesday (April 20), the company said.
Five Fujitsu Semiconductor Group plants were damaged as a result of the March 11 quake and aftershocks on April 7 and April 11, Fujitsu said. Operations at both the Iwate plant of Fujitsu Semiconductor Ltd. (Iwasa-gun, Kanegasaki-cho, Iwate prefecture) and Fujitsu Semiconductor Technology Ltd. (Aizu-Wakamatsu, Fukushima prefecture) resumed Monday and Wednesday, respectively, Fujitsu said.
A portion of the production line of desktop PCs was transferred temporarily from Fujitsu Isotec Ltd. (Date-shi, Fukushima prefecture), a Fujitsu subsidiary manufacturing PC servers and desktop PCs, to Fujitsu Shimane Ltd. (Hikawa-gun, Shimane prefecture), the company said. But as of Monday, desktop PC production has been transferred back to Fujitsu Isotec and hence, Fujitsu Isotec has resumed regular operations, the firm said.
The Furudono plant of Fujitsu Telecom Networks Ltd. (Furudono-machi, Ishikawa-gun, Fukushima prefecture), a Fujitsu subsidiary manufacturing power supply equipment, resumed operations on March 22, Fujitsu said.
Fujitsu said it confirmed the status of all its employees. One employee died as a result of the disaster, Fujitsu said. The company did not name the employee. "We offer our deepest condolences to our fallen colleague and his family," Fujitsu said in a statement.
In addition to local customer engineers, Fujitsu said it dispatched support teams to locations such as local governments, hospitals, as well as financial institutions, to focus on the recovery efforts of the social infrastructure.
Fujitsu is also providing a variety of cloud services free-of-charge to those companies and local governments involved in recovery efforts, the company said. Twelve different types of programs are being offered at no cost for a period of three months, Fujitsu said, including software-as-a-service-based applications such as SNS, e-mail, web conferencing and e-learning.
Fujitsu said it is also providing a repair service for its damaged equipment at a special rate. The company said it has also sent dry-cell batteries, flashlights, as well as compact hybrid power-generating units capable of securing electricity to charge mobile phones and power light posts to disaster-stricken areas. Fujitsu also provided PCs and collaborated in establishing an environment for Internet accessibility within the evacuation centers, the company said.
The Fujitsu Group has raised over 200 million yen (about $2.4 million) in donations towards relief aid.
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