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  • Yageo Aims to Become World's Fifth Largest Maker of Resistors
  • July 15, 1998 (TAIPEI) -- Yageo Corp., Taiwan's largest maker of resistors, is set to increase production in Taiwan and China, in light of the growth in demand for passive electronic components used in low-priced PCs and other products.
    The company will have two plants in China. One is still under construction in Dongguan. Another plant, in Suzhou, is set to begin operations in August.

    The company hopes to become the world's fifth-largest maker of resistors by 2000. It seeks to obtain a world market share of more than 10 percent.

    Construction of Yageo's Dongguan plant is scheduled to be completed in October. The plant will make traditional resistors, thin-film resistors, cement resistors and chip resistors. When the Dongguan plant starts operations, it is expected to account for half of the company's total production in China. The Suzhou plant will make thick-film resistors.

    Half of the company's products to be made in China will be marketed locally.

    Major clients of the company -- including Acer Peripherals Inc., Umax Data Systems Inc., Compal Electronics Inc. and Logitech SA -- will directly purchase the Yageo resistors for use in China.

    Labor costs at the Suzhou plant will be about 20 percent of those in Taiwan. The company also is planning to build a plant in Tianjin.

    (Commercial Times, Taiwan)

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    Updated: Tue Jul 14 16:14:31 1998