Samsung’s Texas chip plant returning to normal levels

Seoul, March 31 (IANS) The production of chips by Samsung Electronics Co. the US plant is approaching normal levels, a company official said after a month-long shutdown caused by a power outage in the region.

“Our plant in Austin, Texas, has entered the normal stage of production last week,” said a Samsung spokesman. “We are currently stepping up operations to reach the level we had before the shutdown.”

Domestic industry officials now expect Samsung’s Austin plant to resume production at a normal pace within a week or two.

The chip plant in the United States was forced to shut down in mid-February after a severe winter storm caused a power outage in the region, Yonhap reported.

The plant restored power and water supply at the end of February, but due to equipment inspections and production tests, Samsung was unable to resume normal operations immediately.

For the first time in Samsung’s history, the chip factory stopped production for a month.

Industry sources estimate that Samsung’s one-month shutdown could have cost Samsung more than 300 billion stinks ($ 264 million).

Samsung’s Austin plant, also known as the Line S2, manufactures products such as radio frequency integrated circuits (RFICs), display driver integrated circuits, SSD controllers, image sensors and other microprocessors using units from 14 nanometers to 65 nanometers.


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