Japanese companies Sumco and Showa Denko, which produce components and components for microelectronics, have increased the cost of their products. The rise in prices amounted to 20-30%.
Sumco manufactures silicon wafers, which have now risen in price by a third, and Showa Denko has increased by 20% the price of a highly purified inert gas used in the manufacture of chips. The reasons for this were the events around Ukraine, inflation and growing demand for chips. The source clarified that Ukraine and Russia are suppliers of inert gases and rare earth metals, however, due to the geopolitical instability that has arisen, problems have arisen with this.
In addition, last year Sumitomo Bakelite increased the price of polymer compounds used to form microprocessor packaging by 20% last year. Finally, containers for transporting silicon wafers have also risen in price by 20%.
It is expected that this will lead to an increase in the prices of many final goods, from household appliances to cars.