2011 exposed big holes in supply chain

TechEYE: "Two natural disasters demonstrated how vulnerable the computer industry is to the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune. Earlier in the year, the tsunami/earthquake in Japan disrupted multiple manufacturers, some of which are still trying to recover their operations. And floods in Thailand created a massive shortfall in hard drive production, the effects of which are still rippling through the PC supply chain.

In an age when chips are in everything, from washing machines to cars to traffic lights, the earthquake in Japan had such a disruptive effect because it takes a whole series of processes and companies to build a single, complete chip."

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