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Japan Appears Dispensable as a Supplier

Maybe Japan is not as crucial to the global supply chain as those first weeks after the earthquake made it seem.

Consider the case of STMicroelectronics, Europeā€™s giant in the semiconductor business, which buys silicon wafers, chemicals and chip-packaging components from Japan.

STMicroelectronics has more than $10 billion a year in sales. Its major customers span a variety of industries ā€” consumer electronics, autos, mobile phones and computers ā€” and include Apple, Bosch, Hewlett-Packard, Nokia and Sony Ericsson.

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