Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong has secured emergency stockpiles of three key high-tech materials subject to Tokyo’s export restrictions against Seoul during his recent trip to Japan, sources said on July 15.
Sharing the results of his trip, Lee told a special meeting held with top executives that he secured enough fluorinated polyimides, photoresist and hydrogen fluoride to avoid disruptions in production, according to sources.
On July 4, Japan imposed restrictions on exports to South Korea of the three key materials used in semiconductors and displays in an apparent retaliatory measure in connection with a diplomatic row over Japan’s wartime forced labor.
“With Lee’s quick response, Samsung apparently got a breather on the situation of three key materials,” a source familiar with the matter said. “It appears to have taken care of the most urgent matter.”
It’s not known how much and how Samsung will get the three high-tech materials, but sources said it will be enough to prevent operational problems at its production facilities with existing inventories for a while.
Industry insiders speculate that the materials Samsung secured will not be direct imports from Japanese companies since they will be regulated under the Tokyo government.
By Ram Garikipati and newswires (email@example.com)