The price of synchronous Dram memory has risen steadily this week amid fears that lack of confidence in Korean companies is causing suppliers to ask for cash with their orders rather than credit.
Alan Stanley, managing director of distributor Dane-Elec, said: ?People?s fingers are itching because of the Korean situation. SDram is definitely in short supply and the price of 32Mbit parts has risen during this week from $46 to $55.?
According to so-far unsubstantiated rumours, the three Korean vendors of memory have been put on cash-with-order status by their Dram packaging suppliers.
According to other reports, Taiwan makes over 70 per cent of Asia?s tubes, trays, tape, reel and anti-static materials, and these suppliers are also asking for money up front from other Far Eastern troubled economies.
This and other rumours have caused demand for SDram to rise and 16Mbit parts are expected to open on next Monday at a price of over $30, according to reliable sources.
Some vendors have already sold out of their existing stock of memories with demand high for products made in Taiwan and the US as well as Korea and Japan.
In further bad news for the Korean vendors, Hyundai has now formally declared that it will delay work on its memory fabrication plant in Scotland. LG, one of the other big Korean three, is maintaining that it is pressing ahead with its Welsh production plans.
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