22 Dec 2020 -
 General

Global chip shortage threatens production across industry, says Reuters

report supply chain 5G smartphones

Makers of cars and electronic devices from TVs to smartphones are sounding alarm bells about a global shortage of chips, which is causing manufacturing delays as consumer demand bounces back from the coronavirus crisis, reports Reuters .

The article suggest there are several reasons including:

  • bulk-buying by U.S. sanctions-hit Chinese tech giant Huawei Technologies;
  • a fire at a chip plant in Japan;
  • coronavirus lockdowns in Southeast Asia;
  • the strike in France.

These events have arrived in addition to “under-investment in 8-inch chip manufacturing plants” which has made it difficult to meet demand for 5G phones, laptops and automotive electronics, says Reuters.

Read the whole article here.

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