KIOXIA to expand its Kitakami plant site to increase Flash Memory production capacity

KIOXIA Europe (formerly Toshiba Memory Europe) will be expanding its Kitakami Plant site in Japan to further increase production capacity of its proprietary 3D Flash memory BiCS Flash.

The 136,000 square meter area adjacent to the current site will create room for the future construction of the company's "K2" manufacturing facility, with site preparation work to commence in spring of 2021 and be completed by spring of 2022.

With the amount of data being generated, stored and used around the world increasing exponentially, the flash memory market is expected to continue to grow, driven by cloud services, 5G, IoT, AI, and automated driving. This expansion is intended to ensure KIOXIA continues to be able to meet the increasing demand for memory.

The news follows the company's recent announcement that it will also be constructing Fab 7 at its Yokkaichi Plant beginning in spring of 2021, further boosting KIOXIA's production capacity by introducing an advanced manufacturing system that utilizes AI.