iXBT-Labs heeft nu ook een artikel gepost over de gevolgen van de aardbeving in Taiwan van vorige week. Voor zover ze het nu kunnen berekenen heeft de Taiwanese economie al minstens een verlies geleden van 3.1 miljard dollar:
As for the damage, it will take pretty long before it is finally calculated. For today, the preliminary estimates show that Taiwanese economy has lost about $3.1 billion. Quake damage can cut the island's exports by as much as US$1 billion this month. Among this money the semiconductor manufacturers lost about $100 million, according to preliminary estimates. And here we mean not the destroyed buildings. To tell the truth, not so many buildings were directly ruined.
Most manufacturers didn't suffer any significant direct losses. To the most unlucky ones we would refer ADI (a part of its factory is in ruins), Unipac (its "clean house" was flooded by a water pipe leak after the earthquake and as result the company lost all the pieces for new LCD panels) and WSMC, which supplies chips for ATI (after the quake its backup power generator overheated and a fire broke out having caused over $600,000 losses). However, we should mention that the most important parts of ADI and WSMC's factories remained untouched.
Though only a few buildings were destroyed, the equipment still needs being replaced. TSMC and UMC had to order new quartz furnace tubes to replace those, lost in the quake. It looks as if these two were not the only ones, which would go to the same expense. However, some of the manufacturers got off really lightly. One of the largest chip testers, ASE Test (which, by the way, happened to be situated not in Hsinchu) didn't halt production during the quake, and nor did it suffer any damage.
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