(Reuters) -Toshiba Corp. said Monday it had suspended operations at a factory in Oita, southern Japan, that makes semiconductors used in automobiles and industrial machinery after a strong earthquake hit the area over the weekend.
Some equipment was damaged and the company was still analyzing the impact on production, Toshiba said in a statement.
The plant makes system LSI chips, about 60% of which are sold to automakers and industrial machinery manufacturers, a spokesman for Toshiba Electronic Devices & Storage Corp said.
Toshiba does not yet know when it can restart production and is likely to provide an update on Tuesday, he added.
The company also makes system LSI chips in a factory in northern Japan, while other domestic manufacturers, such as Renesas Electronics, also build the devices.
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