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Toshiba to invest in chip line without JV partner Western Digital

TOKYO, Aug 3 (Reuters) - Toshiba Corp said on Thursday it would go ahead with the capital investment to build a memory chip production line without joint venture partner Western Digital Corp. The Japanese company said it has increased the initial amount of capital investment in the Fab 6 production line to 195 billion yen ($1.76 billion), up by 15 billion yen from its original estimate, because it is now going it alone.

In a statement, Toshiba said it had been in talks with Western Digital's SanDisk about investment jointly in the chip production line but they have not been able to reach an agreement. ($1 = 110.6700 yen) (Reporting by Taiga Uranaka; Editing by Chris Gallagher)