Although South Korea has been trying to reduce its dependence on Japan after Japan imposed export restrictions in July last year, its imports of semiconductor equipment from Japan are still about 80% higher than last year. On September 6, the Korea International Trade Association announced that in the first seven months of this year, South Korea imported 1.7 billion US dollars of semiconductor equipment and electronic integrated circuit manufacturing machinery from Japan, with a year-on-year increase of 77.2%. In addition, imports of processors and controllers and photosensitive semiconductor devices increased by 8.6% and 3.7% respectively. For reference, South Korea’s total imports from Japan fell by about 10% over the same period last year. < / P > < p > the increase in the import of semiconductor equipment is related to the large-scale investment of Samsung Electronics. The company announced in May that it will build NAND flash memory production line in pingze and plans to expand infrastructure construction in pingze next month. < / P > < p > despite the need for new equipment and machinery suppliers after the restrictions, Samsung Electronics and many other Korean companies still rely on Japanese semiconductor equipment as high as 25.7%, which is no different from 27.4% last year. < / P > < p > the Korean government and enterprises have made great efforts to improve their competitiveness in the materials, parts and equipment industries and to cope with these restrictions. However, changes in the industrial scene are still slow. < / P > < p > this is because, despite the support of the government, it is still difficult for companies in the industry to meet the technical requirements of Samsung Electronics and SK Hynix, and any change in suppliers will only bring some burden to these customers. < / P > < p > in the semiconductor and display performance evaluation support program launched after the export restrictions of the Ministry of trade, industry and energy, only 19 of the 130 competing companies have successfully obtained quality certificates from customers such as Samsung Electronics and SK Hynix. < / P > < p > in many cases, due to the lack of professional knowledge of buyers, manufacturers need to send Japanese engineers to install new Japanese equipment in South Korea. This led to the exemption of Japanese engineers from self quarantine according to the principle of reciprocity in July this year. The risk of covid-19 inflow is very high. However, the government can not ignore the company’s concerns about production setbacks. Skip to content