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The strong growth in global demand for semiconductors and raw materials in combination with recurring regional corona outbreaks and the accompanying lockdowns lasting several weeks are also causing longer procurement and delivery times, as well as price increases in the machine vision industry. We do not expect the general situation to ease until next year.
What causes the lack of electronic components?
Corona, but also technological advancements, are causing a worldwide shift in our everyday life and daily behaviour towards online services. Whether that is our shopping behaviour or further education and school, but also video conferencing in companies, downloading films and music. This leads to a huge demand for server farms. Similarly, the demand for tablet computers and laptops has increased dramatically. These technologies require the most complex production lines and occupy them to excess. This in turn inevitably leads to a reduction in the production of other chips, as there is limited manufacturing capacity in the world. In addition, there are various weather phenomena and accidents that lead to a squeezing of the possible manufacturing capacity. These include drought and thus water shortages in Taiwan and fires within semiconductor plants. Earthquakes and forest fires like in California aggravate the situation.
IDS has taken these developments into account at an early stage in procurement, warehousing and production and has taken a wide range of measures to continue to guarantee you the most reliable delivery dates and competitive delivery times possible. Stock levels have been constantly increased for relevant components, and sensor availability is still given for most IDS camera models. Nevertheless, the situation is volatile due to the boom in demand. A daily change due to "force majeure" cannot be entirely ruled out. Commitments for deliveries of components change daily.
All our employees work with enormous commitment to ensure the best possible supply for you. We are in daily contact with all relevant suppliers in order to identify any bottlenecks at an early stage and to initiate countermeasures in good time. In addition, our development and purchasing departments work on identifying, releasing and using alternative components and suppliers. Our requirements planning and procurement will last until the end of 2022.
We recommend planning your projects in advance. Contact us as early as possible for larger quantities or blanket orders. Our sales team is regularly updated with the latest information on delivery times and supply chain challenges and is always at your disposal for information, planning or the offering of alternative products. This is how we can overcome these challenges together. We expect a possible improvement of the situation in Q2 2022. We are seeing first signs of this. However, they will not have a short-term effect.
As always, we appreciate your business, as well as your patience and will continue to do our best to serve you.