Area ranks 26th na­tion­ally in ex­ports

Austin American-Statesman - - BUSINESSBRIEFING -

The Austin-Round Rock area ranked 26th among U.S. metropoli­tan ar­eas in ex­ports, ac­cord­ing to a study re­leased Mon­day by the Brook­ings In­sti­tu­tion.

The study said Austin had $10.2 bil­lion in ex­ports in 2008, with its largest ex­port in­dus­try be­ing com­puter and elec­tronic prod­ucts. The largest ex­port area in the coun­try was greater New York with $85.2 bil­lion. New York’s lead­ing ex­port in­dus­try is chem­i­cals.

Much of Austin’s ex­port in­dus­try is led by semi­con­duc­tors made by Sam­sung Elec­tron­ics Co., Freescale Semi­con­duc­tor and Span­sion Inc., as well as semi­con­duc­tor man­u­fac­tur­ing equip­ment, led by Ap­plied Ma­te­ri­als Inc. Al­most all chips man­u­fac­tured in Austin are shipped to Asia for assem­bly and pack­ag­ing, which counts as an ex­port.

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