The Naka facility in Hitachinaka is a flagship facility for Renesas. It was the first 12-inch wafer fab in the world when it opened in 2000. After the earthquake, teams were not able to enter the Naka factory for a while, as the power was out. Within a period of days following the earthquake, Renesas was able to assess the damage, assemble a crisis team, and begin repairing the plant.
Looking at the last photo of this image gallery, some of you may have thought: "What’s up with a baseball cut out in the middle of this group picture?" The cut out, as it turns out, shows Yukiko Ueno, a softball pitcher for Japan’s national team. And she is also a Renesas employee at Naka fab.
Ueno, a pride and joy of the fellow Naka fab employees, was the first pitcher ever to produce a perfect game at the Olympics against China in Athens. Ueno’s colleagues wanted her to be represented in the photo.
As we reported, for a long time, we had never been able to see photos inside Naka fab after the quake. The image gallery posted here should give you a good sense of the extraordinary efforts it took to rebuild the fab.
Don't forget to view the video clip, also rleased by Renesas, and hear their voices!