After initial reports through third-party sources on social media, MSI has confirmed to AnandTech that there has been an incident at one of its largest manufacturing facilities in Bao’an, China. MSI reports that no injuries were caused, and no damage was done to any production lines. This facility/factory is responsible for manufacturing PCBs for a wide range of components, including (but not limited to) motherboards, graphics cards, laptops, servers, small-form-factor devices, and industrial installations.

MSI confirmed that the a large amount of smoke was generated at the Bao'an facility on the afternoon of November 5th. The company also states that emergency measures were enacted, and the fire department was called out and able to get the incident under control. MSI claims that no production lines were damaged in the incident, and there should not be any issues with future production. We suspect that there shouldn't be any issues with storage/stock/distribution of models either, however usually with an incident like this, investigations happen and extra training is enacted, which may have knock on effects to production.

The Bao’an facility is one of a number of locations that MSI uses for its components. For example, notebooks and pre-built desktops are assembled in Shanghai, but those require components from elsewhere. A video was posted to Reddit showing the extent of the fire.

It should be noted that supply of RTX and Radeon GPUs that are due for sale over the next few weeks are likely to already be in the distribution channel. So if there is any hiccup in production (MSI says there won't be), it would more likely be seen around a month from now. However, that won't stop the company potentially redirecting stock to its higher margin markets if needed.

We have reached out to MSI for more information, with an expected official statement to follow.

Update: Official statement is as follows:

A fire accident occurred in MSI Baoan factory in Shenzhen on November 5th afternoon

Mon, 09 November 2020

A fire accident occurred in MSI Baoan factory in Shenzhen on November 5th afternoon. MSI activated its emergency measures and notified the fire department to deal with it immediately. No injuries were caused and the production line was not damaged. In the future, MSI will continue to strengthen the education and training of personnel. At present, all units are operating normally. Thank you for your concern.

Source: MSI, Reddit



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  • PeachNCream - Monday, November 9, 2020 - link

    That's scary because fires at factory sites can be very dangerous! I'm glad no one was hurt which is a lot more important than the other good news, which is that production probably won't be greatly impacted. Reply
  • bug77 - Monday, November 9, 2020 - link

    They needed to confirm this? Pictures weren't enough? Reply
  • deil - Monday, November 9, 2020 - link

    Well this kind of issue can kill 10% of earnings like we had with dram factory flood, so a rumor can widely affect stock price.
    They confirmed we had a problem, but it was not in critical part of factory everything bau after few hours.
  • bananaforscale - Monday, November 9, 2020 - link

    DRAM factory flood? There was a HDD platter factory flood and at least one semiconductor factory power outage but can't remember a DRAM factory flood. Reply
  • OtisAnderson - Tuesday, January 19, 2021 - link

    Explosive and fire hazardous objects potentially pose a high danger not only for the population, objects of the national economy, infrastructure in general, but also for the environment. Accidents at such facilities belong to the highest category of complexity, and when they are eliminated or localized, as well as when carrying out preventive measures, special means and technologies are used. Early, I had to write a paper about this topic. Reply
  • elizabethcaroll46 - Thursday, December 2, 2021 - link

    Such fires and accidents I believe is the most terrible thing that can happen to the company. I imagine what is the crash and misery for them. This information has led to an explosion in all media news. It began to write literally all. Even students started to book an abstracts here on this topic. We hope that the company will return to the previous state and will come to the norm! Reply
  • ArlettaMorgan - Thursday, December 30, 2021 - link

    That's really terrible. I remember the fire in my hometown. This eyes full of tears. But unfortunately such fires will be increasingly and more often due to climate change and global warming. Each year, the United States has simply earliest damages. And what is interesting, such fires do not even be adequate. And all this goes into one big problem. By the way, I wrote about this essay on the site You can go and read. By the way, if anyone is interested. There are many reports on this topic. How much and where forests burned down. And every year getting worse and worse. And without the forest there is no air. One global problem. Permanent fires in Turkey, USA, Russia ... Remember the fire in Australia? And as the world collected money for the salvation of animals. But unfortunately we cannot constantly save only one country. Here is the report Forest Fires & Climate Change ( ( Reply
  • Walericator - Friday, February 18, 2022 - link

    Next news for the coming months-
    1. There was a flood at the Asus factory, this will not affect the availability of video cards and a new BIOS for AMD
    2. At the factory, gigabytes are disabled or electricity, this will not affect the availability of video cards
    3. Godzilla attacked the Samsung factory, the presence of memory chips and rth30 chips is fine
    4. Landing of cosmites on intel factories, but prices and availability of essayelites processors are in order.
    It’s just deja vu something, I think this has never happened with fires, floods and other non-influencers on prices, oh.

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