South Korean companies are seeking to reassure UK suppliers that industrial unrest in the peninsula, caused by tough and controversial new labour laws, will not affect PC-related products.
A general strike in the country, which started shortly after Christmas, has involved workers at giant Korean conglomerates including Hyundai and Samsung, who have been demonstrating on the streets of the capital Seoul.
But there will be no shortages of monitors, CD-Roms or other electronic components, said UK representatives of Korean firms.
Kieran Sumner, business manager of the multimedia division at Korea-based LG, formerly Lucky Goldstar, said: ?If won?t have any effect yet anyway. Any product coming in for this month we?ve already shipped in December. I?ve taken precautions to order stock in case the bluebirds come flying in the window.? He said LG factories in Korea are still working and he did not expect any delays in future shipments.
Alan Fright, product marketing manager at Samsung Electronics UK, said that monitor shipments were protected because the company had its own European manufacturing plant in the UK's north east. But other components like memory and hard drives were unlikely to be affected, he said.
?We haven?t experienced shortages in terms of components or consumer parts including storage parts,? he said. He said Samsung's head office had not experienced any problems supplying either the domestic or foreign markets.
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