Yesterday, KIOXIA (formerly Toshiba Memory Corporation) issued a notice to customers that at 6:10 a.m. on January 7, 2020, a fire broke out at a manufacturing equipment at the company’s Fab6 production plant in Yokkaichi, Mie Prefecture, Japan. The fire was quickly extinguished without causing casualties.

Manufacturing equipment at KIOXIA (formerly Toshiba) ‘s Fab 6 memory chip manufacturing facility catches fire

At present, the cause of the fire and the damage to the production equipment are still under investigation and statistics. KIOXIA said that if the fire affects the supply, the customer will be notified immediately.

The industry speculates that the fire occurred in the clean room of the factory, which may cause the clean room to malfunction in the short term, which may affect the supply and price of NAND Flash in the first quarter of this year.

On June 15, 2019, a 13-minute power outage occurred at KIOXIA’s factory in Yokkaichi, Mie Prefecture, Japan. The power outage affected Fab2, Fab3, Fab4, Fab5, and Fab6 production facilities, which affected the supply of NAND Flash. In addition, on December 31, 2019, Samsung Electronics also experienced a brief power outage at its Hwaseong production facility, which resulted in the suspension of production of some NAND and DRAM production lines. With these accidents, the industry expects that the price of NAND Flash will rise further.