Taiwan is doing everything it can to address the global semiconductor shortage, Economic Affairs Minister Wang Mei-hua said on Tuesday after talks with the newly appointed de facto US ambassador in Taipei, an issue that has shut down some auto production lines.
Democratic US senators from Michigan and Ohio last week asked the Taiwanese government to help address the shortage, as the island is a major semiconductor producer and is seen as central to efforts to solve the problem.
Wang said top US diplomat in Taiwan Sandra Oudkirk raised the issue of chip shortages at a meeting on Monday.
“I said Taiwan is doing its best to help with the chips,” Wang told reporters in Taipei.
MCU, or microcontroller units commonly used for automotive chips, rose 60 percent in the first half compared to the same period last year, she added.
“We work as hard as we can.”
Wang has been personally involved in the drive to get Taiwanese chip manufacturers to speed up production and has repeatedly said that the government and industry are doing everything they can.
Wang’s ministry, in response to Saturday’s letter, said global supply and demand for automotive chips should reach “equilibrium” by the fourth quarter of 2021, and reiterates its commitment to do its part to fill the shortage. suits that have closed production lines around the world. .
The issue has taken on a strong diplomatic twist as Taiwan makes an effort to reassure the United States, its main international supporter and arms supplier, that it is doing everything it can, especially at a time when Taipei is facing increasing military pressure from China. that’s what Taiwan considers its own.
Last month, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC), the world’s largest contract chipmaker, said the automotive chip shortage will gradually ease for its customers starting this quarter, but expected the overall tightness in semiconductor capacity could extend into next year.
Taiwanese Foxconn, which assembles Apple’s iPhone handsets, warned this month that it would have to look closely at whether the worsening COVID-19 crisis in Asia would further rattle the global tech supply chain.
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