Feeds

Japanese chip production investment stalls

Top five producers' spend on plant, kit to stay flat through 1999

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

The essential guide to IT transformation

Japan's five leading semiconductor producers do not intend to expand chip production during 1999, a report in Japanese business newspaper Nihon Keizai Shimbun has claimed. The manufacturers -- NEC, Toshiba, Hitachi, Mitsubishi and Fujitsu -- are currently preparing their spending plans for the coming financial year, due to begin after the end of March. However, investment in semiconductor plant and equipment is almost certain not to exceed last year's spending, and may well be some way below it, the report said. The paper blamed the manufacturers' investment hesitancy not only the massive level of spending in previous years -- most notably the Y890 billion the companies together spent on plant in 1995 -- and the operating losses all five companies' semiconductor divisions are set to report for fiscal 1998. The projected combined spend for 1999 is Y430-460 billion, around half of 1995's figure and the same as 1998's. NEC, Japan's largest semiconductor producer, is set to contribute Y130-150 billion to that total. This year it spent Y150 billion. ®

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup

More from The Register

next story
Microsoft exits climate denier lobby group
ALEC will have to do without Redmond, it seems
Caught red-handed: UK cops, PCSOs, specials behaving badly… on social media
No Mr Fuzz, don't ask a crime victim to be your pal on Facebook
Barnes & Noble: Swallow a Samsung Nook tablet, please ... pretty please
Novelslab finally on sale with ($199 - $20) price tag
Ballmer leaves Microsoft board to spend more time with his b-balls
From Clippy to Clippers: Hi, I see you're running an NBA team now ...
Kate Bush: Don't make me HAVE CONTACT with your iPHONE
Can't face sea of wobbling fondle implements. What happened to lighters, eh?
Video of US journalist 'beheading' pulled from social media
Yanked footage featured British-accented attacker and US journo James Foley
Amazon takes swipe at PayPal, Square with card reader for mobes
Etailer plans to undercut rivals with low transaction fee offer
Assange™: Hey world, I'M STILL HERE, ignore that Snowden guy
Press conference: ME ME ME ME ME ME ME (cont'd pg 94)
Call of Duty daddy considers launching own movie studio
Activision Blizzard might like quality control of a CoD film
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
7 Elements of Radically Simple OS Migration
Avoid the typical headaches of OS migration during your next project by learning about 7 elements of radically simple OS migration.
BYOD's dark side: Data protection
An endpoint data protection solution that adds value to the user and the organization so it can protect itself from data loss as well as leverage corporate data.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?