Electricity major concern for Taiwan IT industry

Electricity major concern for Taiwan IT industry

While the IT industry scrambles to identify if Taiwan's earthquake has damaged the RAM and Chip set factories upon which it depends, Acer marketing executive Charles Chung revealed yesterday he is just glad he survived.

A subdued Chung, who was in Taipei when the quake hit, said the central city area had been ravaged but left the Science Park in the Hsinchu province where Acer is based to the north relatively unscathed.

"It was a very upsetting experience for me especially, hearing the cries of others close by," Chung said.

"It's not a good situation to be in. The Science Park, where our facility is, was not damaged," he said.

However, the quake damaged power supplies to the Science Park and it's the lack of electricity disrupting the IT manufacturing process that will cause product shortages, he said.

With rationed power, manufacturers face huge problems producing silicon products such as RAM and Chip sets which Chung believes will have worldwide implications.

Taiwan's power company has promised the industry it will provide continual power, he said. To do this, the power company, based in the south of the country, has set up a temporary transmission station to get power to the business district in the north.

Chung expects supply of VGA cards, hub sets, communication products and motherboards to be tight but predicts things would return to normal by mid-November provided Taiwan's power company can fulfil its promise of regular electricity.

"We are still trying to contact Taiwan. There is an information black hole at the moment so it's difficult to assess what's happening over there," he revealed.

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