11668 Second wave of motherboard price hikes expected

More bad news we're afraid, motherboards are expected to get another price hike, this time around due to the earthquake in Japan that managed to damage many of the factories where crucial motherboard components are being made. In the wake of the earthquake and nuclear disaster, Japan is now suffering from rolling brownouts that are causing production delays for the companies that make the components which in turn has led to an increase in components prices.

More bad news we're afraid, motherboards are expected to get another price hike, this time around due to the earthquake in Japan that managed to damage many of the factories where crucial motherboard components are being made. In the wake of the earthquake and nuclear disaster, Japan is now suffering from rolling brownouts that are causing production delays for the companies that make the components which in turn has led to an increase in components prices.

Normally the components market is fairly stable in terms of pricing unless there's a higher than expected demand for something, but in this case we're looking at standard components running low due to stocks at the manufacturers being depleted. The problem of course being that the manufacturers can't produce enough parts to replenish their stocks due to the current situation in Japan and this will have an onwards effect on much of the electronics and computer component market space which is likely to at least in the long term lead to a shortage of certain products if the shortages continue.

The components makers are of course the first ones to be affected, although some of this will depend on the type of contracts they have with the components makers. As such motherboard prices are expected to go up by between three and eight percent sometime in May to reflect the price increases for the components that are in short supply. This will be the second time in only a few months that the motherboard makers will have increased their prices, although this time the overall price increase is lower than it was earlier this year.

 Source: Digitimes