The chip crisis could lead to an unlikely partnership in Japan to set up a new plant. If the alliance between TSMC and Sony materializes, it will result in an investment of $7 billion in a new semiconductor manufacturing unit, which will be operational within two years, in 2024.
The news has not yet been officially confirmed, as it is provided by Reuters, which cites local sources in the capital market to disclose it, but it is in line with the scenario that TSMC has already admitted, in order to overcome the shortage of microprocessors. That already affects many industries.
According to the news agency, the TSMC plant will be led by Sony – TSMC plant and located on Sony land, near another Sony plant, operated by Sony’s semiconductor division and dedicated to the production of image sensors.
This new infrastructure will be dedicated to the production of semiconductors for cars, cameras and other purposes, and it must receive financial support from the Japanese government, and it may also have a partner of the auto component maker Denso.
The possibility of the partnership between the two companies is already seen as an important step toward stabilizing the Japanese electronics industry, which, like the rest of the world, must face the effects of component and chip shortages, at least until 2023 by most forecasts.
This is the conviction of companies like NokiaOr IBM or TSMC itself, whose officials made statements in the same direction, recognizing that Tensions between China and the United States Contribute to the current situation. Something Japan would be better positioned to circumvent, if it could now increase domestic production.
All over the world, the chip crisis and the explosive growth in demand for electronic components, either because markets such as cell phones and other gadgets continue to grow, or because new industries have also become dependent on these components, such as the automobile industry, have triggered reactions on a global scale.
in Europe, describing the region as part of the semiconductor production whose market needs have become a priority. In the United States there billions of dollars Aiming to enhance the country’s industrial capacity in this area, in the economic recovery plan. Between the two regions there is also Modern New Collaboration In this regard, many private companies have already announced plans to build several new companies, both in the USA and in other parts of the world. Now is the time for all this to bear fruit.
TSMC, originally from Taiwan, controls 55% of the global market in semiconductor production. In the list of customers are companies such as Apple, Qualcomm, Nvidia or AMD.