By Joyce Lee
SEOUL (Reuters) -Samsung Electronics said on Tuesday that production at its U.S. chip plant at Austin, Texas had returned to near-normal levels as of last week.
Samsung and other chipmakers with production facilities in the area had seen shutdowns due to severe weather in mid-February.
Samsung declined to comment on when production would be fully back to normal.
The disruption will have a definite impact on the global chip contract manufacturing industry that is already battling a severe capacity crunch, research provider TrendForce has said.
Qualcomm and Samsung logic chips account for about 65% of the monthly production at the Samsung plant, TrendForce added.
The disruption is expected to hurt production of smartphones globally over April-June by about 5%, TrendForce estimates.
(Reporting by Joyce Lee; Editing by Kim Coghill and Himani Sarkar)