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(LEAD) Samsung considers raising chip prices by 20 pct: report

18:30 May 13, 2022

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SEOUL, May 13 (Yonhap) -- Samsung Electronics Co. is considering raising chipmaking prices by up to 20 percent, a news report said Friday.

Bloomberg reported the South Korean chipmaker is in talks with foundry clients to hike the contract chipmaking prices.

Samsung spokespersons, contacted by Yonhap, said they could not officially comment on the matter.

Samsung is the world's largest memory chip maker and second largest contract chip manufacturers after Taiwan's TSMC.

Samsung's foundry business achieved its highest quarterly sales in the January-March period, as demand was solid from all applications and yields of the advanced process improved.

Kang Moon-soo, senior vice president and head of Samsung's foundry market and strategy team, said during the company's earnings call late last month that the foundry business will continue to improve in the coming years.

"If you look at our order book for the next five-year period, the (total) orders are around eight times our previous year's revenue," he said.

Possible price increases are in line with the industry-wide trend to charge more for chip manufacturing amid high inflation and rising raw material costs.

TSMC is widely reported to raise prices by 5-9 percent in 2023.

A man is seen inside Samsung Electronics Co.'s office in southern Seoul, in this file photo taken April 11, 2022. (Yonhap)



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