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Murata, Pegatron, Inventec dismiss reports about MLCC deals
Staff reporters, DIGITIMES, Taipei
Friday 18 May 2018

Murata Manufacturing, Pegatron and Inventec have dismissed recent reports from Taiwan about deals they had allegedly struck over stable MLCC supply amid serious shortages of the passive component.

They issued separate statements in the wake of reports that alleged the Japan-based passive component vendor had promised the two Taiwan ODMs sufficient supply of MLCCs. Some of the reports claimed that Pegatron executives had recently traveled to Japan to obtain the supply promise from Murata.

"Certain media have falsely reported on our supply of multilayer ceramics capacitors," said Murata in a statement posted on its website. "There are no facts to such reports. Murata wished to make it clear by this statement that Murata has not made any such announcement."

Pegatron said in its statement that reports about its passive component procurement and its executives' travels mostly were not facts and were "speculations."

Inventec in its statement also described as "speculations" those reports about the business transactions between the company and its supplier.

Both Pegatron and Inventec stressed that they will observe the law in doing businesses - a clear response to the media reports' claims that Taiwan's Fair Trade Commission might launch an investigation into the recent passive component shortages to see if there have been price fixing activities.

Perng Shaw-jiin, deputy chairperson of FTC, said on May 17 that his commission had not launched a probe into the passive component shortages, but stressed that even if it started an investigation, it would not make any comments or revelations.

Prices of MLCCs and chip resistors have been rising as major suppliers based in Japan shift their focus to high-margin applications from conventional products.

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