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Earthquake May Cause Shortage of BT Resin, a Key Electronic Material

9:55 AM MDT | March 21, 2011 | Ian Young

Electronic component manufacturers are increasingly concerned about a possible shortage of bismaleimide triazine resin (BT resin), a key material used to make smartphones and tablet personal computers (PC), resulting from the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. Japan accounts for an estimated 90% of worldwide production of BT resin and Mitsubishi Gas Chemical (MGC) alone accounts for 50%, according to market estimates. MGC halted operations at its BT resin manufacturing sites at Nishishirakawa-gun in Fukushima prefecture and Kashima in Ibaraki prefecture following...

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