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How Ajinomoto became a major semiconductor player
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How Ajinomoto became a major semiconductor player

During the covid-19 pandemic, Ajinomoto, the maker and inventor of the food seasoning called monosodium glutamate (MSG), found its profits booming. But that wasn’t necessarily because people were buying out stocks of MSG to add it to soups, stir fries, and other lockdown comfort food. Instead, the company’s sharp growth was driven by the manufacturing of a niche yet powerful material called ABF, short for Ajinomoto build-up film substrate. ABF insulates the central processing units (CPUs) that power the functions of computers. More than 90% of personal computers have ABF insulating their processors—a wild, unexpected diversification for a company that got its start 113 years ago in Japan marketing a seasoning full of umami flavor.It’s more ABF than MSG for Ajinomoto at the momentAs dema...