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Japan chip material makers ramp up output in South Korea and Taiwan

Tokyo Ohka, Daikin and Shin-Etsu Chemical diversify their supply chains

TOKYO -- Japanese makers of the raw materials for computer chips are moving to increase production in South Korea and Taiwan as they look to diversify their supply chains and meet rising demand in important markets. 

Tokyo Ohka Kogyo has doubled its photoresist production capacity in South Korea, while Daikin Industries will build a factory in the country to make gas used in the chip production process. While these manufacturers export in large quantities from Japan, they are diversifying their supply chains as semiconductors find their way into more and more products and in response to trade tensions.

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