Sumco to suspend Omura plant

Kyodo News

Sumco Techxiv Corp., a Sumco Corp. subsidiary, will suspend silicon wafer production at its factory in Omura, Nagasaki Prefecture, for two weeks starting Dec. 25, sources said Tuesday.

The silicon wafer manufacturer, trying to deal with a worldwide slump in semiconductor chips, has halved the number of the factory’s temporary employees from some 400 since late October, the sources said.

The Omura factory, which at its peak manufactured 150,000 30-cm silicon wafers a month, was shut temporarily between Nov. 4 and 6.

The factory has been operating at half its capacity against the backdrop of flagging consumer demand for home electronics appliances such as flat-panel TVs, they said.