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Supply constraints still putting a squeeze on the industry


Ongoing supply issues have been a constant theme since 2020, and while there have been periods where the situation has eased, it looks as though these challenges are likely to continue for several months.

Back in May Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger, via a virtual session at the Computex event, predicated that a huge strain on global supply chains would mean that it could take ‘’a couple of years’’ for the industry to fully address component shortages.

While we can’t say for sure if this prediction will come to fruition, it is likely that 2022 will continue to be hampered by supply challenges.

It might be why companies such as Intel and TSMC, the world’s largest manufacturer of semiconductor components, have both made plans to add additional production capacity with new chip factories in the US.

It’s hoped that long-term these investments will increase production capacity in line with growing global demand, but it’s unlikely that the supply chain will reap any benefits for several years, meaning there is no assistance for ongoing challenges.

What does this mean for our customers?

While we are endeavouring to ensure the continual production of our PC orders, we are continuing to experience challenges around the supply of components, most notably AMD EPYC and Intel processors, as well as Intel NUCs.

The good news is that we are currently seeing some improved availability for Nvidia graphics cards, something which was an ongoing challenge earlier this year.

We would however encourage any customers looking ahead to projects planned for early next year to think ahead and place orders well in advance, as it’s likely that the ongoing supply issues will see extended lead times as we work through a growing backlog of existing orders.

For those awaiting orders, we’d like to thank you for your patience, and would encourage you to continue checking our Support Portal for the latest updates on all of your recent orders.
If you’d like to discuss an existing order, outline your requirements, or consult our expert team ahead of an upcoming project, get in touch with a member of the team.