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  • makers of cars and electronic devices from TVs to smartphones are sounding alarm bells as consumer demand bounces back from the pandemic.

  • They say a global shortage of chips is causing manufacturing delays.

  • Industry executives and analysts say there are a number of issues behind the shortage bulk buying by Chinese tech giant Huawei Technologies for one after it was hit with US sanctions.

  • Analysts say this was aggravated by rivals such as Xiaomi, seeking to gain market share by stepping up orders of components.

  • A fire at a chip plant in Japan has also impacted supply, as did lockdowns in Southeast Asia.

  • Onda strike at a chip maker in Frantz.

  • Others say there has also bean under investment in some plants, mostly owned by Asian firms and making older types of chips.

  • That's causing a struggle to ramp up production as demand for five G phones, laptops and cars picks up faster than expected.

  • The world's top contract chipmaker, Taiwan's TSMC, would only say that its capacity was tight, but a source of the Japanese electron ICS component supplier said it was seeing shortages of WiFi and Bluetooth semiconductors.

  • The auto industry in China flagged the issue earlier this month.

  • It's expecting production at some Chinese carmakers could be affected in the first quarter of next year.

  • Consumer demand in China, especially for cars, has snapped back unexpectedly quickly from the coronavirus crisis.

  • But so too have orders for products such as laptops and mobile phones in regions still struggling with pandemic restrictions, particularly in Europe and the United States, where millions have switched to remote working.

makers of cars and electronic devices from TVs to smartphones are sounding alarm bells as consumer demand bounces back from the pandemic.

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/12/17
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