Latest survey! What impact does the 6.3-magnitude earthquake in Taiwan have on the semiconductor industry?

According to the China Earthquake Networks, an earthquake of magnitude 6.3 occurred in Yilan County, Taiwan (24.55 degrees north latitude, 121.80 degrees east longitude) at 13:11 on October 24, with a focal depth of 60 kilometers. The epicenter was on the island, 61 kilometers from downtown Taipei. The earthquake caused strong tremors throughout Taiwan, especially in Xiamen, Fuzhou, Quanzhou, and Putian in Fujian.

As we all know, Taiwan is an important production center of the global semiconductor industry, with world-renowned foundries such as TSMC, UMC, and World Advanced. The sudden occurrence of the earthquake has also aroused high-end attention in the industry.

According to media reports in Taiwan, after the earthquake, a number of semiconductor manufacturers have responded.

Among them, the clean room personnel in some factories of the leading wafer foundry TSMC Bamboo Factory have been evacuated to ensure safety during the earthquake. TSMC said that the evacuation was carried out in accordance with standard operating procedures, and the current industrial safety system is normal.

The earthquake intensity measured in the world’s most advanced three fabs in Hsinchu and Taoyuan were all four. World Advanced said that the company has evacuated personnel from various factories in accordance with standard operating procedures at the first time, and after confirming that it is safe, all staff have returned to work. Preliminary assessment of the company’s production and operations are not affected.

In addition, UMC, another wafer fab in Taiwan, also responded that the factory personnel had not been evacuated, but some machines were down due to the earthquake and are currently recovering, and it is estimated that there will be no major impact on operations.

According to analysts from TrendForce, generally speaking, semiconductor factories will only be shut down for inspections when they encounter a magnitude-4 earthquake in the factory. However, factories in Taiwan will make more careful designs for earthquake resistance. Under normal circumstances, external At the fourth level of the earthquake, the earthquake level in the factory is about three, which is not enough to affect the production of the production line.

In response to the earthquake, an analyst at TrendForce said that only a few factories were evacuated yesterday, and there were no major problems with the inspection equipment after returning, and they are currently operating normally.

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