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Web Date: March 23, 2011

Shortages Loom For Electronic Materials

Japanese Disaster: Factories making key electronic raw materials cannot restart immediately
Department: Business
Keywords: earthquake, Japan electronics

Several plants making key chemicals used in electronics manufacturing have yet to restart following the earthquake and tsunami that devastated northern Japan on March 11. If these facilities do not restart soon, global output of computer chips and liquid crystal displays could be affected, electronics consultants warn.

A Mitsubishi Gas Chemical plant in Fukushima prefecture producing most of the world's supply of bismaleimide triazine resin is knocked out, and it's not clear when operations . . .

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