A graphic comparison of Japanese and U.S. electronic packaging technologies may be found in Table E.1 of the Executive Summary. This table clearly shows that Japan leads the United States in almost every category.
The JTEC panel maintains that much of Japan's advantage comes from its focus on high-volume production technologies that force the extension of existing technologies to keep costs down. In the future, we can expect to see these advantages applied to more of our traditional industrial markets where smaller volumes have been typical. Lack of basic packaging technologies will lead to loss of U.S. industries unless corrective action is taken.