Japanese semiconductor maker Renesas Electronics is struggling to restore production at a key factory damaged by fire last month. NHK has learned that the company will use another domestic plant to make up for the output decline.
Sources say Renesas plans to use its factory in Ehime Prefecture in western Japan as an alternate production center.
The March 19 fire happened at the plant north of Tokyo, damaging some of the equipment. Renesas was forced to halt part of its production. The facility makes semiconductors for autos and other products.
The company says it aims to resume output within a month of the fire. But it expects shipments to take at least three months to return to the level before the incident.
As a result, the firm's supply of chips will likely fail to meet demand starting in late April.
The company is also working to outsource production to a major Taiwanese maker.