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Murata to buy Sony plant to meet demand for iPhone parts

Move designed to keep Samsung and other Asian rivals in check

The iPhone and other smartphones keep getting thinner and adding more functions. The trend is creating demand for ever tinier parts.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan's Murata Manufacturing plans to purchase a plant from Sony to increase its capacity to make high-performance substrates for smartphones such as Apple's iPhone.

The move is designed to keep in check Asian rivals such as Samsung Electronics, whose global presence has been growing. Although Japanese electronic parts makers still have a technological edge over their Asian rivals, they fear that any slowdown in development or investment could cause them to fall behind.

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