November 14, 2012 / 2:48 AM / in 5 years

Japan's Toshiba restarts shipments at flood-hit Thai plant

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan’s leading chipmaker Toshiba Corp said on Wednesday it had restarted production at its semiconductor facility in Thailand and resumed shipping discrete chips used in smartphones and tablet PCs.

A logo of Toshiba Corp is seen on a printed circuit board in this photo illustration taken in Tokyo July 31, 2012. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

Toshiba’s plant in Pathumthani, located north of Bangkok, was shuttered for almost a year after a massive flood hit the country last year. Production at the facility restarted on November 1 and shipments began on Wednesday, Toshiba said.

The company is building a new plant in Purachinburi in southeastern Thailand and expects to move all production to the new plant by spring next year.

Reporting by Mari Saito; Editing by Jeremy Laurence

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