The Japanese company Kioxia (formerly Toshiba Memory) announced that it will build another factory for the production of NAND-flash memory on the territory of the production complex in Yokkaichi next spring. The volume of investments in the construction and equipping of new facilities will exceed one trillion yen or $ 9.5 billion. It will be the largest plant in the company’s use, with an area of 40 thousand square meters.2… Kioxia will share investment in new production with Western Digital.
Excavation work is already underway on the north side of the Yokkaichi complex. The construction of the workshops of the new Fab7 factory will start in the spring of 2021 and will end in the spring of 2022. Then the second stage will begin, during which industrial equipment will be delivered, installed and configured. To date, partners in the face of Kioxia and Western Digital are not ready to talk about the possibilities of the new plant. They will be determined later, probably closer to the completion of the workshops.
Today Kioxia holds the second place in the NAND flash market after Samsung. The market leader owns a 35.9% share and Kioxia 19%. The new plant will help the Japanese manufacturer stay on the second position, because SK Hynix has already laid a charge for it, having announced the purchase of Intel’s flash business. In total, the share of Intel and SK Hynix exceeds the share of Kioxia, although the market arithmetic is far from linear. Nevertheless, the Japanese decided to play it safe, and at the same time stay far ahead of the Chinese, who are going to actively enter the flash memory market.
Well, memory is never too much. This axiom is familiar to everyone who deals with computers, smartphones and other smart electronics. And even if now everything satisfies you, you can be sure that six months or a year will pass and happiness will end. But Kioxia and other memory manufacturers will not leave us alone with the problem, there is no doubt about it.
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