Regional Markets: Focus on North Pacific


There’s a distinct overlap between our cover theme this month and our regional focus, the North Pacific Rim. It’s almost impossible to discuss the gas markets of the North Pacific, and Taiwan in particular, without some spotlight on the electronics business; such is the symbiotic relationship between the two.

Electronics is big business in the region, even if this is ultimately for export gain in many cases.

As explained in our special features this month, the rise of tablet computers, smartphones and other devices, as well as continued steady demand for personal computers (PCs), is driving electronics growth. The surge in popularity of tablets is of special interest, it is thought.

At the heart of a large degree of this electronics boom is the North Pacific region, a renowned hub of electronics and semiconductor manufacture. What does this mean for the gases business in the area?

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