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Apr 23, 2020

Reports are coming in that travel bans are hampering Chinese electronics factories, as tech suppliers are unable to bring in production advisers.

An article in Nikkei Asian Review noted that a significant Chinese LCD panel maker, BOE Technology Group, who is reported to account for a fifth of the world’s LCD TV panel supply, is “unable to carry out a planned expansion of its cutting-edge factory in Wuhan because Japanese technology advisers have returned home due to the coronavirus.” It continues, saying, “Without the advisers, the plant cannot install its latest machinery.”

According to the article, other companies are feeling the bite of travel restrictions. “South Korea’s Samsung Electronics launched a new memory chip plant in Xian, China, last month, its second in the city. Technicians from Japan were supposed to help install equipment, but Chinese and Japanese travel restrictions have thrown up hurdles to their arrival,” is reports.

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