Many electronics factories have been closed due to China’s lockdowns. As a result, components are increasingly scarce. Due to rising logistics costs and other factors, notebook computers are likely to see strong price increases.
The Taiwan branch service DigitalTimes According reports, notebook and PC manufacturers will soon have to raise their prices. Due to a variety of factors, manufacturers expect price hikes in the second half 2022. They also cannot absorb rising costs from low margins and must pass these on to their customers.
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There are many reasons. One, China’s transport system has been severely affected by lockdowns in key regions for the electronics industry. This means that components required for building devices cannot be delivered as fast as they used to. The curfew also affects truck drivers, which means that there is less transport capacity.
Additionally, logistic chains are becoming more confused when shipping finished goods by sea. This has led to more suppliers switching to air freight to transport their products. The increased demand for this area and sharp rise in fuel prices as a result the war in Ukraine have caused air freight costs to continue rising. The shortage of components is growing as Shenzhen authorities and Shanghai respond to the rising spread of coronavirus in the Omicron variant.
The measures were only in place for a few weeks at the beginning of March. Now there’s talk of a continuation at least until mid-May. This means that hardware suppliers have been experiencing a slowdown in production for longer than they had anticipated. According to them, this is leading to shortages in cables, connectors and metal parts as well as printed circuit boards. This will increase the already severe shortage of analog chips.