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Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

 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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