August 3, 2023 /SemiMedia/ -- According to reports, Kioxia has postponed the completion of its second NAND flash factory, which is currently under construction, until 2024 due to the decline in global demand for 3D NAND flash memory.

The report pointed out that the factory is located in Kitakami and was originally planned to be completed in 2023, but due to the weakening market demand for 3D NAND, the completion time had to be postponed.

In addition, the specific completion and commissioning time of the Y2 factory, which Kioxia broke ground in April 2022, has not yet been determined. Kioxia said that the start of production will be determined according to market conditions.

The report pointed out that during the pandemic, demand for NAND flash memory used in smartphones and personal computers increased, but the market trend reversed in 2022. Affected by this trend, Kioxia has reduced the output of its Y1 factory in Kitakami and the factory in Yokkaichi, Mie Prefecture, Japan by 30% since October 2022.