European chip manufacturers will not negotiate with Asian Dram importers because they want tougher laws on dumping, despite the wishes of the European Commission.
Dumping has led to disagreements between the commission and the European Electronic Component Manufacturers? Association (EECA) over European Union policy. VNU Newswire reported that US and European semiconductor manufacturers have hinted that governments are not doing enough to stop dumping.
Now the European Commission has asked the EECA to hold talks with Japanese and Korean companies so it does not have to introduce tough dumping laws, mainly affecting minimum prices of Dram.
But the EECA will not negotiate unless the commission enforces tougher anti-dumping laws on Dram imports, according to EECA general secretary Eckhard Runge. "We would agree to this under certain conditions? we would not have an industry-industry agreement unless the commission can intervene on dumping."
Runge admitted that the commission disagrees and has told the EECA that existing anti-dumping measures will not go on for ever. But if all parties were happy negotiations could start next month, he said. The most likely agreement would include the start of a data collection and notification system, similar to the one used by the US and Japan under another agreement.
Runge said anti-dumping talks between the EECA, the US and Japan on flash memory chips broke down because the Japanese wanted Dram included in the monitoring process. European Dram producers include Siemens, Texas Instruments and IBM.
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