Panasonic to end US wafer production

Japanese electronics giant Panasonic is reportedly preparing to halt all silicon wafer production in the U.S. at the end of June.

Having closed a wafer plant in California last year – according to quotes attributed to company spokesman Chieko Gyobu by Bloomberg – the company is reportedly preparing to halt wafer production at its Oregon plant.

Reaction started after Japan’s Nikkei newspaper carried a report yesterday morning (Thursday) about the end of wafer production in Oregon and a desire by Panasonic to consolidate wafer production in its big Malaysia facility.

Bloomberg reports that Ms Gyobu said a quarter of employees at the Oregon plant could be affected with the facility continuing to produce wafer ingots.

pv magazine contacted Panasonic’s US division but had received no response to questions about the Oregon plant at the time of going to press.