ASML semiconductor supplier launches recovery plan after factory fire
An ASML semiconductor supplier has begun a recovery plan following a factory fire.
The fire broke out at a production site in Berlin, Germany, on January 3, and was extinguished overnight. No injuries were reported.
That factory manufactures components including wafer boards, clamps, reticle chucks, and mirror blocks for ASML lithography products.
After assessing the damage, the technical giant has revealed that the fire occurred in one part of the factory's production area and that the smoke affected a nearby building.
The fire caused a disruption in manufacturing for several days, but ASML says production has resumed.
"The other buildings on the site have not been affected and are fully operational," said ASML.
At this time, the company said the main concern was related to ASML ultraviolet (DUV) deep lithography systems, which were used to print microchips minute features to the nanometer. ASML hopes to "correct" this break in production "in a way that does not impact our production and revenue plan for DUV."
However, the fire also affected wafer clamp production. The wafer clamps are part of ultra-ultraviolet (EUV) ASML devices, used to print installation layers and build chip architecture.
The wafer clamps provide for more complexity, but ASML says a recovery plan is in place - and the company will try to both reduce the impact of the fire for EUV futures. in product supply and in the field.
Further updates will be announced during the ASML Q4 and FY 2022 financial results later this month. At the time of writing, the price of ASML shares was $ 727.17, a fall of 3.83% at the closing of the market.
As a supplier for semiconductor companies, this is a long way from a good start to 2022, especially when you consider what many analysts think will be a major chip shortage over the next year.
GlobalData suggests that the emergence of new COVID-19 variants will impact chip supply in industries including the automotive, wireless and pharmaceutical sectors, but Deloitte believes that by the end of 2022, 10 to 20 weeks to be the normal lead time for. these essential technological components.
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