I am really impressed with this statement " indicates that 36 percent of the world's semiconductor fabs are in high-risk areas in the Ring of Fire." That can be used as an argument to those who believes that western companies care only for the labor costs, and that's why they choose these regions to move their factories. For me, it is out of sense the situation.
Yes, your suggestion works well for companies with fabs in both high- and low-risk regions. A good portion of the capacity in the low-risk region is in older fabs which typically have less capacity; many of the world's "mega-fabs" are located in high-risk and medium-risk areas (Taiwan, Korea). Another solution is to build supply relationships with other companies in lower-risk areas, which companies such as Renesas have already done.
I agree that India could be a good option. But as per my knowledge FABs require a lot of water and that may be a problem unless the fabs are located near sea shore ( I don't know whether Sea-water can be used directly by Fabs.
This also reminds me about the disastrous fire a couple of decades back that completely burned India's only semiconductor manufacuring facility at that time - The semiconductor complex.
I feel even India is a very good alternative. Deccan Plateau which is south to the India is considered as less earthquake prone. Moreover india has many skilled manpower which can make this setup easy.
From the graph in your article, there appears to be a large number of Fabs in the low risk region (the highest of any of the single regions) however, there is no commensurate 'capacity'. I was wondering if the increase in capacity in the existing Fabs of the low risk region might give a breath of relief in this market?
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