Just after the NOS left, Jaap Stelwagen, one of the co-initiators, tells me that all machines have been bought up like crazy in China by the Americans. Ling just called Jaap and said the prices of the machines have doubled in a week. Many questionable traders offer production lines for high amounts. This could become a difficult story. This is a small disappointment since I just said on NOS radio how much I believed in this.
Fortunately, Ling is incredibly good at this, and when we have an evening meeting, two machines are reserved from two different suppliers. We want to spread the risk in this way. Speed is incredibly important in this crisis. One machine can be delivered in 15 days and the other in three weeks.