The Great Tohoku/Kanto earthquake on March 11 was the most horrendous earthquake to ever hit Renesas Electronics. The degree of damage done to the Naka fab of the Japan’s microcontroller giant was virtually unknown. There had been no visuals until now. It was even harder to assess how Renesas’ employees picked up the pieces, rebuilt the fab and resumed operation.
Mystery lingered because no outsider ever got to see photos of those who actually worked at Renesa as they devoted themselves to the recovery of their company. Their tireless efforts—involving 2,500 people a day at its peak, according to Renesas, all working shifts around the clock, running a thousand different tasks in parallel—have made it possible for them to bring the Naka fab back online—by early June, three months earlier than anyone had expected.
See the following photos, and meet the Renesas guys in Japan who were responsible for this tremendous effort. And watch the video, which tells us a story that rebuilding Renesas, after the quake, literally took the whole industry—including employees, customers, suppliers, contractors and even competitors.
A Renesas team repairs a production tool damaged in the March 11 earthquake.