A powerful earthquake measuring 6.4 hit Southern Taiwan on February 6 and several semiconductor, optoelectronic and photovoltaic players at the Southern Taiwan Science Park (STSP) had their production lines shut down. Since the lines were in mid-production, the affected companies will first need to clear their semi-finished products and scraps from the production lines before assuming operations, according to players at STSP.
The players pointed out that they have insurance for their production lines and therefore do not have much practical losses from the earthquake. The greater concern is any effect on production schedules.
The Southern Taiwan Science Park Administration noted that the park’s facilities are all fine and there were no major injuries due to the quake. Currently, supply of water, electricity and gas in the park is back to normal and most companies have already re-started their production lines.
The administration explained that during a strong earthquake, an emergency response mechanism is launched for safety reasons, shutting down production equipment at the science park while also shutting down the flow of water, electricity and gas.
STSP Is made of the Tainan Science Park and Kaohsiung Science Park. Seismometers at the Tainan Park indicated that seismic intensity reached up to six at the park, though most of park measured a five, while the Kaohsiung park recorded a four.