IT Supplies Not Disrupted By Japan Earthquake, So Far
By Zewde Yeraswork, CRN
Mar. 22, 2011 7:04 PM EST
Japan’s massive earthquake has yet to have a significant impact on the pricing and supply situation for key components used in IT equipment, but factory shutdowns and infrastructure issues in the area directly affected by the earthquake could be felt soon in the supply chain, several analysts reported this week.
CTL, a custom system builder which imports a lot of components from China, Taiwan, and South Korea, sent a survey to its suppliers after the quake to get information on the impact to their output, said Erik Stromquist, executive vice president of the Portland, Ore.-based company.
“We’ve been seeing some delays in the ‘ingredient’ parts in LCD panels,” Stromquist said. “Suppliers told us we can expect some prices to go up, and some delays. And memory prices shot up after the quake, but are now stable.”
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