Coronavirus outbreak impacts: Work to resume, but normal production unlikely


For many parts of China, work is supposed to resume starting February 10 after an extended Lunar New Year break in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, but manufacturers generally do not believe their production can return to normal levels. Materials and labor shortages will be a major problem due to local governments' tight control of transportation. The chairman of panel maker AUO says the display supply chain braces for major impacts if the epidemic cannot be contained soon. Taiwan-based passive components makers have aleady been asked by their clients to raise their production outside the epidemic-hit China.

China high-tech supply chain unlikely to return to normal operations on February 10: China's high-tech industry supply chains including the semiconductor sector are unlikely to return to normal operations on February 10, the date when the country's extended Lunar New Year holiday ends, according to industry sources.

Coronavirus outbreak to hit display supply chain, says AUO chairman: The coronavirus outbreak in China is poised to cast a significant impact on the display industry's supply chain, affecting the procurement of raw materials, manufacturing and product deliveries if the epidemic could not be contained in soon, according to AU Optronics (AUO) chairman Paul Peng.

Passive component makers asked to raise production outside China: Taiwan-based passive component makers are being requested by clients to scale up production in Taiwan or Southeast Asia to offset possible production contraction in China due to the coronavirus outbreak, according to industry sources.