Japan’s Tsunami and global supply chain resilience

An article in the International Herald Tribune (May 30, 2011) describes the resilience of companies like STM Microelectronics, that has managed to maintain their global supply chain smoother than expected. A survey of supply chain managers analyzed by the Gartner group suggests that China, US and Germany are top global supply chain countries with Japan being more focused on Japanese companies more dominant in Japanese OEM supply chains.  Will such focused involvement with local OEMs and concentration in electronics and automotive make it easier for Japanese companies to recover ? Will an increased focus on diversified supply chain locations require Japanese suppliers to globalize themselves ? Is the resilience of the global supply chains a lesson in good communications and trust, the role of technology in enabling monitoring and adaptiveness or both ?

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