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Taiwanese Passive Component Industry to Capture Orders Switched From Japan

Taiwanese passive component manufacturers are still likely to snap up switched contract orders through May as their Japanese counterparts are just gradually resuming their factories after the earthquake.

Nippon Chemicon Corp., for example, a Japanese aluminum electrolytic capacitors and multilayer ceramic capacitors, can't completely restore its factories until this July, and therefore Taiwanese companies of this kind, including Teapo Electronic Corp., Lelon Electronics Corp. and Chinsan Electronic Group, will stand a chance of capturing contract orders that would go to the Japanese firm during the period.

Nippon Chemicon has announced recently that three of its 11 factories damaged by the quake have to take longer time to restore: one in Ibaraki Ken that will take about three months, another located in Miyagi Ken two months and the other in Fukushima Ken one month.

Coincidentally, Japan's Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd., a maker of capacitors and resistors for handsets, has also confirmed that three of its manufacturing factories have been conducting machinery repair and maintenance since the company started post-quake restoration a few weeks ago.

Of the three damaged factories, only one that is situated in Miyagi Ken and specializes in EMI filters and wire-wound inductors has resumed part of production so far. Another one located in Oyama City, northeastern Japan, and producing specialty polymer aluminum electrolytic capacitors is ready to restart a 24-hour production schedule for the moment, whereas the schedule will surely be restricted by electricity rationing.

Meanwhile, KDK Corp., Nippon Chemicon's subsidiary engaged in aluminum foils for aluminum electrolytic capacitors, has also reactivated only half of its production lines so far, which will give an opportunity to its Taiwanese counterparts to win new orders the firm can't fill at present.

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