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

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China, with its huge low-cost workforce and a massive manufacturing infrastructure that over time has seen component suppliers set up next to sites where final assemblies are made, is the world's production center, and IT is no exception. While earthquakes and typhoons are regular happenings in China, they seldom impact the country's manufacturing. However, cramped living conditions have made China one of the top potential sources of pandemics, as was seen in the recent SARS and bird flu outbreaks.

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

-- 70 percent of the world's mobile PCs

-- 70 percent of the world's mobile handsets


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