Addressing the global semiconductor shortage 07 March 22 Elena Scaramuzzi

According to a new Global Trends report, the global shortage in semiconductors has been disrupting entire industries, from mobile handset manufacturing to the automotive and smart logistics sectors.

Increased demand for, and insufficient supply of semiconductors has led chip manufacturers to plan new investment aimed at increasing production capacity. For example, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), the world’s largest chip manufacturer, will open new production facilities in the US and in Japan until 2024. Samsung Electronics, a leading player in the semiconductor industry, announced investment exceeding US$140bn until 2030 to accelerate research of cutting-edge semiconductor process technology.

Several governments around the world also started incentivising their domestic semiconductor industries, aiming to attract new investment and decrease dependency on other countries’ production and exports. Among these, both China and South Korea introduced preferential tax policies for semiconductor manufacturers. The EU and US have also planned specific initiatives in support of the semiconductor industry, which might mobilise funding of approximately US$50bn for new investment across the semiconductor value chain in the respective economies.

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