Posted: June 21st, 2012 | Author: Pascal Blanc | Filed under: China, Commodities, Electronics, Metals, Rare Earths | Tags: rare earth | No Comments »
In response to the case filed with the WTO by its trading partners, the United States, European Union and Japan, China’s State Council on Wednesday issued its first white paper on the controversial rare-earth metal sector .
Before the case actually goes in litigation at the WTO, China wants to justify its export quotas for rare earths, which have multiplied some of those metal prices by 10 times in the past 2 years. In its White Paper, the Chinese government explains its desire to consolidate an industry with a multitude of small companies not only extracting the rare earths materials, but also proceeding to their separation in appalling conditions for human safety and the environment.
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Posted: December 10th, 2010 | Author: Rod Sherkin | Filed under: Electronics | No Comments »
A power outage that lasted no longer than the blink of an eye has disrupted the world’s supply of a flash-memory chip used in everything from laptops to iPhones.
The problem occurred early Wednesday morning at a thermal-electric station in central Japan. It’s not clear what caused the disruption, but it led to a voltage drop that lasted 0.07 seconds. As a result, a Toshiba Corp. facility that makes NAND flash-memory chips was forced to shut down.
As a result, Toshiba said it expects its chip shipments to fall by as much as 20 per cent over the next two months. The incident spotlights the unforgiving nature of high-technology manufacturing, and the lack of slack built into supply chains for the most popular consumer electronic devices.
Any delay will be a blow to companies such as Apple Inc., which uses these chips in its iPhones and iPads. Toshiba is the world’s second-largest producer, behind Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., and it accounts for more than one-third of the market. Analysts said the company’s production problems could send chip prices up by 10 per cent because supplies are already tight.
via Brief power outage disrupts Toshiba memory-chip shipments – The Globe and Mail.