The spread of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome in Asia is causing cracks to appear in the supply chain that underpins the global electronics industry, according to a new report from Aberdeen Group, a leading market analysis and positioning services firm.

Aberdeen says that the market is not yet grappling with large-scale shutdowns affecting Asian countries and manufacturing facilities, as was first feared when SARS surfaced. However, a series of smaller impacts -including cancelled passenger flights used to haul freight as well as travel bans keeping key industry personnel out of the region - could add up to major problems for global electronics firms building products in or relying on components from China, Taiwan, Korea and elsewhere in the region.

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