Requested Germany from Taiwan persuaded Taiwan manufacturers to help alleviate the shortage of semiconductor chips in the automotive sector, which is hindering its economic recovery from the Coronavirus pandemic.
Automakers around the world are shutting down assembly lines due to semiconductor delivery problems, which have been exacerbated in some cases by the Trump administration’s previous actions against major Chinese chipmakers.
The shortage has affected Volkswagen, Ford, Subaru, Toyota, Nissan, Fiat Chrysler and other automakers.
In a letter seen by Reuters on Sunday, German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier asked his Taiwan counterpart (Wang Mi-hua) to discuss the issue in talks with the Taiwan semiconductor maker TSMC, the world’s largest chip maker. And one of the main supplier companies to Germany.
Altmire wrote: I would be happy if you could take up this issue and underscore the importance of the German automaker’s additional semiconductor capabilities for TSMC.
Altmire explained that the goal is to enable additional capacity and delivery of semiconductors in the short and medium term.
He wrote that the German car industry had been in direct talks with TSMC about increasing shipments and there had been very constructive signals from the TSMC to solve the problem.
A spokeswoman for the German Economy Ministry said: It is monitoring the situation closely and that it is in talks on this issue with the auto industry.
Berlin is now planning to increase state support to increase semiconductor production capacities in Germany and Europe for Reducing dependencies from Asian suppliers and avoiding similar problems in the future.
Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs said it had received requests through diplomatic channels to help alleviate the shortage of chips for the auto sector, although it was not aware of Altmire’s message.
The Taiwanese ministry indicated that it had started talks with local chip suppliers in response to requests from other countries, asking them to provide full assistance.
The ministry said: The related supply and demand situation is closely related to the auto chip factories’ plans for inventory.
TSMC said in a statement: The issue of the chip shortage for car companies was very important to them, and that it Our top priority, we work closely with our auto customers to solve capacity support issues.