S.Korea strike disrupts shipments of key cleaning agent for chipmaking

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By Byungwook Kim and Joyce Lee SEOUL (Reuters) -A nationwide strike by truck drivers in South Korea has disrupted shipments to China of a key cleaning agent used by makers of semiconductor chips, the Korean International Trade Association (KITA) said on Tuesday. It was the first sign the eight-day-old strike was affecting chip production’s global supply chain. It has already cost South Korea’s industry more than $1.2 billion in lost output and unfilled deliveries, according to the industry ministry. KITA said a Korean company that produces isopropyl alcohol (IPA), a chemical used in the cleani…

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