Asia And The IT Supply Chain: Could A Link Break?

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Japan is no stranger to disaster. The country sits on the Ring of Fire, an area of volcanic activity that stretches all around the Pacific Ocean, and is susceptible to earthquakes. And, given Japan's island nature, those earthquakes occasionally result in devastating tsunamis.

According to IHS, Japan is home to the headquarters of producers of:

-- 60 percent of the world's silicon wafers

-- 55 percent of the world's image sensor makers

-- 41 percent of the world's optical component manufacturers

-- 37 percent of the world's microcontroller developers

-- 33 percent of the world's display drivers

-- 18 percent of the world's semiconductor manufacturers

-- A variety of key materials and chemicals


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