The shortage of microelectronics remains one of the most serious problems for automakers around the world. Many of them were forced to make painful decisions – to cut production or produce cars with inferior configurations.
RBC-Ukraine Auto reports this with a link to Autoevolution.
Due to supply chain disruptions caused by the lack of chips, automakers temporarily halted production in some of their factories, while others continued to produce cars without specific systems, such as touchscreens, heated seats, and others.
For example, the General Motors concern stores thousands of unfinished pickups on the territory of the former enterprise, awaiting the supply of microcircuits. And tech giant Bosch will invest $ 462 million in semiconductors next year to significantly reduce the deficit in the automotive industry.
But there is some good news. A recent report from Taiwan indicates that five large auto chip companies have confirmed an increase in inventories over the past two months. Simply put, Renesas Electronics, NXP Semiconductors, Infineon, ST Microelectronics and Texas Instruments are making more chips, which gives automakers hope that the shortage will end soon.
However, despite the current increase in chip production now, a new wave of shortages is expected in the first months of 2022. Its strength and scope depend on the rate of recovery of global production, as well as on the dynamics of the spread of the coronavirus.