March 16, 2016TGFZ-HQ

Toshiba Corp. is heavily investing in a new factory for flash memory chips although it’s facing a record annual decrease and other setbacks from an accounting scandal.

The company is investing approximately ¥360 billion ($3.2 billion) in the plant, which will make its proprietary 3D flash chips, over a period of three years till March 2019, it said in a statement Thursday. Toshiba expects output to begin no earlier than 2018.

Revelations over the summer that management was complicit in padding profits over almost seven years triggered an avalanche of writedowns and job cuts, and the company is now considering asset sales to stem losses. Toshiba is under investigation by the U.S. over losses at its nuclear power operations, according to two people familiar with the matter.

Toshiba is tightening its focus on semiconductors after announcing plans to sell its medical operation to Canon Inc. Toshiba Chief Executive Officer Masashi Muromachi has said the company is also considering a spinoff of its appliances and PC businesses.

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