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Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

 14th Rep.:Production/Procurement Status and OutlookJun 25, 2020 2:05p.m.

Production
Precision Processing Tool (Blades and Wheels)
As stated in the previous report, we will continue to maintain our production system while always keeping more than six months’ worth of raw materials in stock for production. Please contact a sales representative if you would like to order many blades and wheels all at once for the purpose of increasing stock.
Precision Processing Equipment
There are no issues regarding supply of parts for equipment to be shipped in August 2020, and production and shipment will be carried out as planned. At this time, there are no concerns regarding our supply chain after August 2020. In addition, in preparation for delays of parts from suppliers, DISCO has established a system for switching to substitutes and changing designs.
Deliveries

All products and maintenance parts will be shipped from our plants as planned. However, for precision processing tools and maintenance parts, there is the possibility of delays for deliveries depending on the area, both domestically and internationally, due to the decrease in the number of flights.

Status updates regarding any impact to customer production will be promptly provided on the DISCO website as the situation develops.

 13th Rep.:Production and Procurement after June and Delivery StatusMay 29, 2020 18:55p.m.

This is a follow-up report on production and delivery.

Production and Raw Material Procurement
Precision Processing Tool (Blades and Wheels)
As stated in the previous report, we have secured manufacturing personnel and will continue to maintain our production system while always keeping more than six months’ worth of raw materials in stock for production. Please contact a sales representative if you would like to order many blades and wheels all at once for the purpose of increasing stock.
Precision Processing Equipment
There has been no impact on the supply of parts for equipment to be shipped in July 2020 and production will be carried out as planned.
In addition, in preparation for delays of parts from suppliers after August, DISCO has not only been increasing its stock of parts, but will also make efforts to continue production without issues by switching to substitutes and changing designs.
Deliveries

Products from our factory will be shipped as planned, and precision processing equipment will be shipped as normal. As for precision processing tools and maintenance parts, there is a possibility of a maximum one-day delay for deliveries depending on the area, both domestically and internationally, due to the decrease in the number of airplanes and cargo volume.

In addition, though the declared state of emergency was lifted by the Japanese government on Monday, May 25, DISCO will continue to implement infection prevention measures to continue supplying parts and equipment to customers.

Status updates will be provided on the DISCO website as the situation develops.

 12th Rep.: Production and Procurement after May and Delivery StatusApril 27, 2020 14:15p.m.

This announcement is in regards to production and deliveries.

Production and Raw Material Procurement
Precision Processing Tool (Blades and Wheels)
As stated in the previous report, we have secured manufacturing personnel and will continue to maintain our production system while always keeping more than six months’ worth of raw materials in stock for production. Please contact a sales representative if you would like to order many blades and wheels all at once for the purpose of increasing stock.
Precision Processing Equipment
There has been no impact on the supply of parts for equipment to be shipped in June 2020 and production will be carried out as planned.
In addition, in preparation for delays of parts from suppliers after July, DISCO has not only been increasing its stock of parts, but will also make efforts to continue production without issues by switching to substitutes and changing designs.
Deliveries

Domestic

Production Category Delivery Status
Precision processing tools and maintenance parts Max. 1 day delay for some parts from Japan*
Precision processing equipment No impact
*Hokkaido, Tohoku, East area of Shizuoka, and Okinawa, which are affected by reduced airline flights.

Overseas

Production Category Shipping Method Production Category
Precision processing tools and maintenance parts Air Cargo Max. 1 day delay
Courier service No impact
Precision processing tools and maintenance parts Air Cargo No impact
By ship No impact

In addition, the declaration of state of emergency by the Japanese government was expanded to all prefectures including Hiroshima and Nagano, where DISCO’s production bases are located, on April 16. As stated in the previous report, DISCO will continue to implement infection prevention measures to continue supplying parts and equipment to customers.

Status updates will be provided on the DISCO website as the situation develops.

 11th Rep.: Sales and Production StatusApril 15, 2020 11:55a.m.

The Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry has requested that each organization under the ministry promote business activities such as telecommuting for workers in the seven prefectures in which a state of emergency has been declared as of Monday, April 13. In addition, semiconductor factories were added to the list of businesses to continue operations during a state of emergency on Tuesday, April 7. (See the 10th report.)
In response to this, DISCO will work to continue delivering equipment to semiconductor factories by implementing strict health and infection countermeasures and allowing only those employees who can commute without excessive human contact and those who need to go to the office to be present in the office.
DISCO has established the following commuting criteria for DISCO headquarters, R&D Center (Tokyo), and all offices and branches including Osaka Branch.

Commuting Criteria
  • Employee must not be feeling sick
  • Both employees and the people they live with must perform the infection risk countermeasure originally defined by DISCO
  • Commuting must be necessary to perform the task
  • Commuting must be possible without using public transportation
  • In addition to the infection countermeasures described in the 7th report, countermeasures including sanitizing shared facilities, equipment, and tools and prohibitions on borrowing things from other employees have been implemented. With these countermeasures, DISCO will prevent the spread of infection in the office.

    Equipment Production and Shipment

    Although a state of emergency was not declared in Hiroshima or Nagano prefectures, where DISCO’s plants are located, DISCO will continue production of precision processing equipment and precision processing tools as described above. In addition, DISCO has chartered a microbus for employees without a means of transportation except for public transportation to maintain production.

    Production of Precision Processing Tools (Blades/Wheels)
    As stated in the previous reports, more than six months’ worth of raw materials are always kept in stock for production. However, there are more orders coming in than usual. If you would like to order parts for storage at your company, please contact a DISCO sales representative in advance.

    Status updates will be provided on the DISCO website as the situation develops.

     10th Rep.: Japanese Government Specifies Semiconductor Factories as Businesses to Continue OperationsApril 13, 2020 17:55p.m.

    While a state of emergency was declared on April 7, the Japanese government has added semiconductor factories to the list of businesses to continue operations.
    DISCO recognizes itself as a manufacturer that produces products supporting the continued business activities of semiconductor factories. Therefore, DISCO will continue to manufacture precision processing tools (consumables used for semiconductor production) and semiconductor processing equipment as much as possible, and to deliver these products to our customers’ semiconductor factories.
    Moreover, as part of our own business continuity, DISCO will continue thoroughly implementing the infection prevention measures relayed in the seventh report.

    Status updates will be provided on the DISCO website as the situation develops.

     9th Rep.: Production, Shipment, and Supply StatusApril 8, 2020 10:30a.m.

    A state of emergency was declared by the Japanese government in response to the spread of the novel coronavirus on Tuesday, April 7. This notice describes DISCO’s status and countermeasures based on this declaration.

    Production

    A state of emergency was not declared in Hiroshima or Nagano prefectures, in which DISCO’s plants are located. Thus, Hiroshima Works (Kure Plant and Kuwabata Plant) and Nagano Works (Chino Plant) are operating as normal while implementing the infection countermeasures stated in the 7th report on March 24. Employees have been prohibited from commuting using public transportation and have been instructed to commute by means that provide a lower infection risk, such as by car.
    As stated previously, this will have no impact on production of precision processing tools for some time. In addition, it has been confirmed that equipment to be shipped in April and May will be produced as planned.

    Shipments and Delivery

    It has been confirmed that our shipping service suppliers will continue their operations for domestic and overseas shipments. Thus, there will be no significant impact on production of precision processing equipment, precision processing tools, or maintenance parts, which will be handled as usual.

    Raw Material Supply
    Precision Processing Tools
    As stated in the previous reports, more than six months’ worth of raw materials are always kept in stock for production. Therefore, this will not impact production.
    Precision Processing Equipment
    There has been no impact on the supply of parts for equipment to be shipped in May 2020. To prepare in case part supply is stopped, DISCO has been replenishing part stock, and will take measures to ensure production by switching to replacement parts, changing part design, etc.

    Status updates will be provided on the DISCO website as the situation develops.

     8th Rep.: Operation of Wuhan Office in China ResumedApril 3, 2020 4:55p.m.

    Telecommuting will be discontinued and operation will resume at the Wuhan office in China starting Tuesday, April 7.

    Other Chinese offices have already resumed operations as stated in the 6th report.

    Status updates will be provided on the DISCO website as the situation develops.

     7th Rep.: Production Status and Infection CountermeasuresMarch 24, 2020 19:30p.m.

    This notice is an update regarding the spread of the novel coronavirus.

    Precision Processing Tools

    As stated in the fifth report on February 26, more than six months’ worth of raw materials are always kept is stock for production. Therefore, this would not impact production or shipment for a while.

    Precision Processing Equipment

    It was confirmed that equipment to be shipped in April and May 2020 will be produced and shipped as planned.
    We will closely monitor the status of shipments scheduled to take place starting in June, including logistics, to respond to developments regarding the spread of the novel coronavirus.

    Infection Prevention for Employees and Preventative Measures for Internal Infection
    The following measures are being implemented at the Hiroshima Offices (Kure Plant and Kuwabata Plant), DISCO’s major production bases.
    Commuting
    From the point of view of infection prevention, commuting by car is recommended for employees who normally use public transportation. In addition, designated commuter busses have been chartered at the Kure plant in Hiroshima to transport employees.
    Internal Infection Prevention
    In order to prevent internal infection pathways at both plants, the Precision Processing Tool Manufacturing Division and other Divisions have separated walking paths and limited use of internal facilities and welfare facilities, including the employee entrance, bathrooms, conference rooms, and cafeteria.

    Moreover, the following measures have been implemented for the entire company, including the Hiroshima Office.
    Before Leaving Home
    In addition to body temperature measurement and internal system registration already being conducted, a system for contacting nurses in case of health problems by filling out an interview sheet has been introduced. This will make it possible to detect infections early.
    Commuting
    Not only is wearing a mask required at all times while using public transportation, but employees have been instructed to commute at different times to reduce the risk of infection.
    Entering the Office
    Employees must sanitize their hands and replace their masks with a new one to enter the office. Customers suspected of being infected are not authorized to visit the company. Not only do we check visitors’ overseas travel histories and health conditions, but we also measure body temperature and require visitors to sanitize their hands and wear a new mask when visiting.
    Working and Lunch
    Wearing a mask is mandatory during work and communication among employees and customers without masks is prohibited.
    Internal Sanitization
    The frequency of periodic cleaning of bathrooms, elevators, and handrails has been increased.
    Overseas Travel
    Overseas travel is prohibited for work, and personal overseas travel is discouraged. Employees who have traveled overseas must work from home for fourteen days after returning. They may then return to the office if they show no symptoms.
    Miscellaneous
    In order to prevent an employee’s family from being a source of infection, all employees are required to submit an “Action Plan to Prevent Infection at Home.” The BCM department compiles information on virus risks to make explaining the situation to your family easier.
    In Case of Infection
    The infected employee will be required to take a leave of absence, and theirs and neighboring departments will be sanitized. Though we believe it is possible to control secondary infection and internal close contact by implementing the above measures, if there is any doubt, employees will be instructed to work from home for fourteen days.
    In addition, an environment in which employees feel safe to take days off has been cultivated by changing the attendance system, which includes being able to use expired PTO days.

    In order to fulfill our obligation to supply products to customers, measures will continue to be implemented to correspond with the situation.

     6th Rep.: Operation of Affiliate Offices in ChinaFebruary 28, 2020 2:48p.m.

    This news release has been issued to notify you of the operation status of each affiliate office in China after Monday, March 2.

    Wuhan office

    Operation of affiliate offices in China through telecommuting, which was scheduled until the end of February, will be extended for the time being. If you need immediate assistance, please contact the relevant sales or service staff directly.

    Other Chinese offices*

    Telecommuting will be discontinued and operation will resume at each office starting from Monday, March 2.
    *Shanghai, Dalian, Beijing, Tianjin, Xi'an, Suzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing, Huizhou, Xiamen, Shenzhen

    The sales system may be subject to change if the situation changes and there is a notification from the Chinese ministry or municipal government.

    We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

     5th Rep.: Production Status of DISCO ProductFebruary 26, 2020 4:40p.m.

    This is a follow-up announcement regarding the production status of DISCO products in response to the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

    Precision Processing Tools

    As stated in the fourth report on February 13, because DISCO keeps at least a six-month supply of raw materials in stock for standard production, production and shipment are currently unaffected. By continually replenishing the raw material stock, DISCO will maintain a system that enables production without a reduction in stock.

    Precision Processing Equipment

    It has been confirmed that all equipment scheduled for shipment in March and April will be produced and shipped as planned.
    After May, we will continue to monitor the situation as some component parts are produced by suppliers in China, depending on the specification. In addition, it was confirmed that there are no production delays at the relevant suppliers after resuming operation on Monday, February 10, and there are parts in stock either in China or Japan. If the situation persists and there is concern regarding parts supply, we will respond by switching to replacement parts, etc., to ensure undelayed production and shipment.

    Status updates will be provided on the DISCO website as the situation develops.

     4th Rep.: Production status of DISCO productFebruary 13, 2020 6:50p.m.

    In response to the spread of the novel coronavirus, this is an announcement regarding the production status of DISCO products.

    Precision Processing Tools

    Because DISCO keeps a 6-month supply of raw materials in stock as part of our BCM (business continuity management) measures, production and shipment are currently unaffected. We are also continuously replenishing this stock to ensure a constant supply to maintain our production and shipment schedule.

    Precision Processing Equipment

    Equipment scheduled for shipment during February 2020 will be produced and shipped without any delay. During and after March, standard specification equipment can be produced and shipped as scheduled. However, because some suppliers of component parts base production in China, depending on the specification, there are some concerns regarding future supply. The aforementioned suppliers resumed operations on Monday, February 10, 2020, but it has been confirmed that the operation rate has fallen due to factors such as remote work. If the situation becomes prolonged, DISCO will proceed with measures such as switching to alternative suppliers with whom DISCO has built relationships and design changes to ensure stable production and shipment.


    Status updates will be provided on the DISCO website as the situation develops.

     3rd Rep.: Countermeasures and impact on DISCOFebruary 7, 2020 at 5:05 pm

    This news release has been issued to notify you of the countermeasures and impact of the spread of the novel coronavirus.

    Support system

    For the purpose of business continuity and to ensure the safety of stakeholders and DISCO employees, all DISCO employees including group company employees are to refrain from going on business trips to China until the spread of the Novel Coronavirus infection comes to end.
    As noted in the second report on February 7, employees at all affiliate offices in China will be working from home until the end of February. Please contact the relevant sales or service staff directly.

    Production/Shipment

    Production and shipment have not been affected as all DISCO products are produced in Japan. Both precision processing equipment and precision processing tools are being produced as scheduled.

    Delivery

    It is expected that the status of deliveries to China will return to normal starting Monday, February 10 (after the Chinese New Year).


    Status updates will be provided on the DISCO website as the situation develops.

     2nd Rep.: Operation of Affiliate Offices in ChinaFebruary 7, 2020 at 2:15 pm

    In response to the spread of the novel coronavirus, operation of affiliate offices in China through telecommuting, which began on February 3rd, will be extended to the end of February.
    If you need to contact any office immediately, please contact the relevant sales or service staff directly.

    We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

     1st Rep.: Support framework at affiliate offices in ChinaJanuary 29, 2020 at 7:00 pm

    In response to the spread of the new coronavirus, employees at all of our affiliate offices in China* will be working from home for the time being, starting from Monday, February 3rd, directly after the Chinese New Year. If you need to contact one of the affected offices, please call the mobile phone of the relevant sales or service staff.
    *Wuhan, Shanghai, Dalian, Beijing, Tianjin, Xi’an, Suzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing, Huizhou, Xiamen, and Shenzhen

    We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

    Status updates will be provided on the DISCO website as the situation develops.

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