Fire at SK Hynix factory in China is under control

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Fire at SK Hynix factory in China is under control

SK Hynix, the world’s second-largest maker of computer memory chips, said it expects to resume operations at a fire-damaged plant in Wuxi, China, “in a short time” and that supply volumes won’t be affected.

There was a minor injury in yesterday’s blaze, but no production equipment was seriously damaged, SK Hynix said in an e-mailed statement. The company said it’s still investigating the cause of the fire.

“Currently, there is no material damage to the fabrication equipment in the clean room, thus we expect to resume operations in a short time,” SK Hynix said. Most of the damage will be covered by insurance, it said.

The factory makes dynamic random-access memory chips for mobile phones and personal computers. SK Hynix, which supplies chips to global smartphone manufacturers including Apple, said in July there was limited second-half supply growth for memory chips.

The fire started at 3:50 p.m. local time Wednesday and was extinguished by 5:20 p.m., the company said. The fire produced large amounts of smoke that made it look more severe that it was. Bloomberg

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