The shortage of electronic chips, which penalizes many economic sectors, does not seem ready to end. Some pessimistic estimates even count on the year 2024 for the beginning of a return to normal. It must be said that the latest returns from the production lines are not good and there is thus talk of a shortage of equipment necessary to manufacture these components.
Faced with this major problem, the industry giants are trying to adapt. Like TSMC, the world’s largest electronic chip foundry, which plans to build a new manufacturing plant in Singapore to increase its production capacity. It would spend several billion dollars in this operation, to meet the demand of these prestigious customers, the main one among them: Apple.
Soon a “mega-site” of chip manufacturing in Europe
In detail, the wall street journal reports that the Singapore government would be willing to provide much of the necessary funds and that negotiations are underway. Asked, TSMC reacted through a spokesperson: “ TSMC isn’t ruling out any possibilities but doesn’t have a concrete plan at this time. »
This investment in Singapore would in any case make sense. As reminded phonearenathis country is already home to several major manufacturers of electronic chips, including the Americans Micron Technology and Global Foundries, as well as the German Infineon Technologies.
Meanwhile, Europe is also trying to remedy the problem in the long term. Intel has also promised to invest 80 billion euros over ten years on the old continent, notably by installing a “mega-site” of production in Germany. The American company is of course in no way philanthropic and it therefore sets its conditions for settling in an EU country.
Its CEO, Pat Gelsinger, explained last November: “ What we are asking the American and European governments is to allow the project to be competitive for us here compared to Asia. »