Hynix is switching production at a memory plant in China to churn out NAND flash instead of DRAM chips. Digitimes reports that the plant at Wuxi in China will make the flash switch to help Hynix become more profitable – and perhaps to start catching up with NAND flash market leaders Samsung and Toshiba. Hynix is currently ahead …
"It looks like China is going to become the world's leading flash-production location."
Does it? Does it really?
«It looks like China ...
is going to become the world's leading flash-production location. That could be a worry, given its rare earth monopoly supply practices.» As has been pointed out innumerable times, so-called rare earths are not at all rare and are found widely distributed around the world, not only in China. Their extraction, however, is extremely destructive of the environment, so it's been convenient for manufacturers in Europe, North America, and Japan to outsource mining - and thus environmental destruction - to China. If, now that the Chinese are limiting sales of these products abroad, foreign manufacturers are feeling the pinch, the alternative is obvious - open mines in their own countries....
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