Dell, HP Confronting Shortage of Laptop BatteriesBy Reuters | Posted 2008-03-26 Email Print
Dell and Hewlett-Packard say they are trying to limit the impact of a worldwide shortage of laptop batteries caused by a fire at a Korean factory.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters)—Dell Inc said on Tuesday the personal-computer industry was experiencing a shortage of laptop batteries partly because of a recent fire at a major supplier, but the company was working with other suppliers to limit any price increases.
Dell, the world's second-largest PC maker after Hewlett-Packard Co., also said prices of its separately sold batteries used as replacements or for surplus power had gone up because of the shortage caused partly by the March 3 fire at LG Chem's Ochang plant.
LG Chem is the second biggest South Korean battery maker. The fire contributed to a worldwide battery shortage that could affect up to 40 percent of second-quarter shipments at Asustek Computer, Taiwan's No. 2 PC maker, an Asustek executive told Reuters earlier on Tuesday.