The electronics supply chain is “being hammered on all sides”, from materials to logistics, says EPSNews, with component costs rising by as much as 40%.
Chip prices have increased between 10 percent and 40 percent, they report, citing a wide range of factors from increases in raw materials including aluminium, copper as well as electronic components/assemblies, epoxy, packaging materials, plastics and resins through to environmental issues such as a water shortage in Taiwan where half of the world’s semiconductors are manufactured.
The Institute of Supply Chain Management agreed. “Record-long raw-material lead times, wide-scale shortages of critical basic materials, rising commodities prices and difficulties in transporting products are continuing to affect all segments of the manufacturing economy,” said Tim Fiore, chair of the ISM’s manufacturing survey committee, adding that worker absenteeism and difficulties in filling open positions “continue to be issues that limit manufacturing-growth potential”.
Buyers have no problem paying top dollar for the products they need, according to Fiore. Hoarding has become evident in a number of commodities and has been common in electronic components.
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