China-Taiwan Relations Could Have Big Impact on Global Semiconductor Supply Chain
Taiwan, and more specifically, the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., has become a major player in the global microchip production supply chain in recent years. TSMC’s recent success has come in large part due to the current need for chip production for automobile manufacturing.
“U.S., European and Japanese automakers are lobbying their governments for help, with Taiwan and TSMC being asked to step in. Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Emmanuel Macron discussed the potential for shortages last year and agreed on the need to accelerate Europe’s push to develop its own chip industry, according to a French official with knowledge of the matter.” Seattletimes.com reports.
Much of TSMC’s future potential hangs in the balance of potential invasion by mainland China, notably Beijing. With a $12 billion fabrication plant already being built in Arizona, as well as the potential for an Austin, Texas-based Samsung facility in the near future, Taiwan’s influence on the global semiconductor supply chain is something to keep an eye on in the coming months.