The East Asian Electronics Sector

Author(s)/Editor(s) Written by THORBECKE, Willem
Publisher Cambridge University Press
ISBN Paperback: 978-1-009-21681-4
eBook: 978-1-009-21684-5
Publication Date February 2023

Table of Contents

The lion's share of smartphones, computers, televisions, semiconductor devices, and other electronics goods is made in East Asia. Final electronics goods are assembled in China, and sophisticated parts and components (P&C) such as semiconductor chips, image sensors, and ceramic filters in upstream Asian economies such as Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan. How did Asia become the center of electronics manufacturing? How did learning take place that allowed Asian workers to produce cutting-edge products? Are there lessons for countries like the US that seek to reshore manufacturing of semiconductors, flat-panel displays, and related products? This Element addresses these issues.

1. Introduction
2. Out of the Ashes
3. How the Tigers Got Their Claws
4. The Little Tigers Emerge
5. The Dragon Stirs
6. Free for All
7. Lessons.