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South Korea, Taiwan, China lead surging chip investment

Semiconductor capex seen passing 2000 peak this year as world craves memory

Samsung Electronics is pouring huge sums into making NAND flash memory at factories like this one.

TOKYO -- Global chipmaking leaders South Korea, Taiwan and mainland China likely will drive investment in semiconductor manufacturing equipment to an all-time high this year, with Samsung Electronics and others scrambling to fill roaring demand for memory.

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