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  • Japan is facing its worst crisis since the end of World War II. The devastating earthquake, tsunami and the threat of a meltdown at a nuclear power plant have not only caused heavy casualties and severe damage, but also distrupted its economy and the global supply chain for many industries.

    Last update: Wednesday 21 March 2012 [137 news items]

Global LCD monitor OEM shipments drop by 30% in February

Mar 25, 12:06

Global LCD monitor OEM shipments in February dropped by 30% due to labor shortage and fewer work days caused by the Lunar New Year holidays, and the top-10 manufacturers' shipments...

Digitimes Insight: Sony PS3 supply may run tight due to quake-hit laser diode production

Mar 25, 11:46

The massive earthquake in Japan has impacted the supply chain of Blu-ray Disc (BD) players. Blue laser diodes used in BD players' optical pick-up head units (OPU) are mainly produced...

Sony PS3

Supply of ODD components unaffected by Japan earthquake

Mar 25, 01:35

The supply of components for optical disc drives (ODDs) for notebooks is unlikely to suffer a shortage due to the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan as major Japan-based suppliers...

Japan earthquake impacts auto industry, says IHS

Mar 24, 14:51

The earthquake and subsequent tsunami have impacted the entire automotive industry supply chain in Japan, including the infotainment segment, according to IHS iSuppli. This will have...

Sony, Nintendo console sales impacted by Japan earthquake

Mar 24, 01:25

Supply of Sony's Blu-ray drive pick-up heads is facing danger of seeing shortages as the plants of Sony Shiraishi Semiconductor, a Blu-ray drive pick-up head manufacturing subsidiary...

Taiwan passive component material suppliers seeing uptick in orders

Mar 24, 01:10

Aluminum foil maker Liton Technology and Leatec Fine Ceramic, a supplier of chip resistor substrates, are both seeing increases in orders amid uncertainty over the supply line from...

Digitimes Insight: Japan earthquake to affect several major IT industries of Korea

Mar 23, 15:05

The earthquake in Japan will bring a significant impact on South Korea, which heavily depends on Japan for the supply of many components and materials.

Japan earthquake's impact on major Korea IT industries

DRAM contract prices up 3% in 2H March

Mar 23, 14:13

Contract prices for DRAM memory received a boost in the second half of March 2011, amid concerns about a potential wafer shortage stemming from Japan's recent earthquake.

Digitimes Insight: Japan quake likely to cause major disruptions to auto supply chain

Mar 23, 01:50

The earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan, the area where the country's major car and parts manufacturing is, will likely cause significant disruptions to the auto industry's...

JEITA: Production value of Japan's and worldwide electronics components, 2008-2011

Sony expects to suspend production plant for high-end models, Foxconn expected to gain orders

Mar 23, 01:45

In addition to the five production plants in the middle to southern part of Japan which will be affect by supply shortages of materials and components caused by the recent earthquake...

No order cancellations from Japan clients, says TSMC chairman

Mar 23, 01:20

Morris Chang, chairman of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), indicated that though the supply chain was disrupted by the Japan earthquake, clients in Japan have not...

Japan earthquake suspends supply of raw materials used in 25% of global chip production, says IHS iSuppli

Mar 22, 15:00

The Japan earthquake has resulted in the suspension of one-quarter of the global production of silicon wafers used to make semiconductors, according to IHS iSuppli. The 25% reduction...

Digitimes Insight: Japan earthquake impact on IC packaging industry

Mar 22, 14:10

Though several major IC packaging material suppliers have resumed operations at their earthquake-affected plants, there is still growing concern that production will be hampered by...

Global IC packaging production value, 2002-2010

Digitimes Insight: Quake will not have serious impact on OLED material supply

Mar 22, 13:51

Japan is an important supplier of upstream OLED materials. Sumitomo Chemical and Showa Denko are the main material producers of polymer-based OLED, and Idemitsu Kosan and Mitsui Chemicals...

Quake will not have serious impact on OLED material supply

Cal-Comp, Min Aik unaffected by WD-Hitachi GST merger, Japan earthquake

Mar 22, 11:00

Taiwan-based hard disk drive (HDD) component maker Cal-Comp Electronics and its Thailand-based counterpart Min Aik Technology have not been substantially influenced by Western Digital's...

China-based makers of fiber-optic cable foresee impact from Japan earthquake, say Taiwan makers

Mar 22, 02:15

China-based makers of fiber-optic cable used to lay FTTx networks are worried about short supply of optical fiber perform, a prefabricated material, from Japan due to the earthquake...

Digitimes Insight: Japan earthquake impacts three major fab-tool suppliers

Mar 21, 11:47

Three major Japan-based suppliers of semiconductor manufacturing equipment have suspended operations at several of their plants in the earthquake-ravaged areas with no timeframe for...

Japan lithography tools vendors market share

Digitimes Insight: Japan earthquake to affect HDD industry

Mar 21, 10:50

The global hard disk drive (HDD) industry, already facing challenges from solid state drives (SSDs), cloud computing and limitation of vertical read-write technologies, is expected...

Japan earthquake to affect HDD industry

Japan earthquake prompts Advantech to start stockpiling inventory for 3Q11, says paper

Newswatch - Mar 18, 16:11

Taiwan-based industrial PC (IPC) maker Advantech has begun stockpiling inventory due to supply chain disruptions caused by the Japan earthquake, as the company has significant demand...

Japan earthquake to upset LCD TV supply chain

Mar 18, 15:59

The global LCD TV supply chain has been upset by the earthquake in Japan on March 11, and shipments of upstream materials and components for LCD TVs have been hampered.

Digitimes Insight: Earthquake impacts two major Japan LCD stepper makers

Mar 18, 15:50

Looking at TFT LCD equipment supply, although South Korea has improved its own equipment production capability in recent years, it still relies heavily on Japan for PECVD, sputter...

Cannon LCD stepper shipments

Digitimes Insight: Japan represents over 30% of IGBT production, slight impact from quake

Mar 18, 14:52

The impact the Japan earthquake has on photovoltaic (PV) inverters will be determined by the supply of insulated gate bipolar transistor (IGBT) since Japan represents 30% of global...

Japan PV inverter plants and capacities

Japan earthquake: Impact analysis from Semico

Mar 18, 12:02

Damage reports released in the past few days confirm original assessments, according to Semico Research. There are only a few semiconductor manufacturing fabs that sustained substantial...

Digitimes Insight: Japan LCD component supplies see minimal impact from quake

Mar 18, 11:48

As the epicenter of the magnitude 9.0 earthquake that struck off the coast of Japan on March 11, 2011 was located close to the northeastern prefecture of Miyagi, the local area has...

Quake impact on glass supply

Japan earthquake: PCB production in Taiwan unaffected until end-April

Mar 18, 11:18

Most Taiwan-based PCB makers have stated that inventory levels of raw materials stockpiled in their warehouses are currently still at full which will enable them to continue to operate...

Digitimes Insight: Japan digital camera plant shutdown to only have small impact on production

Mar 18, 10:38

Panasonic, Canon and Nikon have temporarily closed their digital camera and component plants in northeastern Japan following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

Japan DSC makers manufacturing locations, (including CCD)<br>

Powerchip considers using epi wafers if Japan supply squeezes

Mar 17, 14:25

Taiwan-based DRAM maker Powerchip Technology reportedly is considering adopting epitaxial wafers if supplies of wafers by major producers such as Shin-Etsu Handotai remain disrupted...

Elpida says packaging and testing unit back in operation

Mar 17, 12:35

Elpida Memory has announced that Akita Elpida Memory, a packaging and testing subsidiary of Elpida, has resumed production on restoration of electricity supply.

Japan earthquake has little impact on supply of quartz components, say Taiwan makers

Mar 17, 12:12

The supply from upstream quartz component providers including Kyocera and Sumitomo should remain smooth as their plants are mostly far away from the areas of Japan worst-hit by the...

Digitimes Insight: Japan earthquake has little impact on wireless communication industry

Mar 17, 12:04

The earthquake offshore of Japan should have little impact on the wireless communications industry because, unlike in semiconductors and panels, Japan-based companies do not play...

Japan wireless regions

Digitimes Insight: PC component supply unaffected by quake, but automotive electronics may take hit

Mar 17, 10:28

The PC component supply chain has been little affected by the earthquake-tsunami that hit Japan on March 11, as component makers have moved most of their production to China along...

Northeast Japan: Three major industries

Japan earthquake: Taiwan digital camera industry to see limited short-term impact

Mar 17, 01:55

Taiwan-based digital camera makers Altek and Ability, in response to Japan's earthquake, pointed out that they have already confirmed with their Japan-based upstream CCD suppliers...

TSMC reiterates 2011 sales growth target

Mar 17, 01:00

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company's (TSMC) target of 20% growth in 2011 sales remains unchanged, chairman and CEO Morris Chang said on March 16. TSMC expects no material...

HTC supply chain not impacted by Japan earthquake, says CEO

Mar 16, 16:49

Taiwan-based smartphone vendor HTC's supply chain has not been influenced by the earthquake in Japan, and March-April shipments are on schedule, according to company CEO Peter Chou...

Digitimes Insight: Rolling black-outs to hit Japan-based LCD TV vendors

Mar 16, 16:48

Production of Japan-based major LCD TV vendors such as Sony, Toshiba, Panasonic and Sharp will not be significantly affected by the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami that struck...

Japan LCD production
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