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Germany seeks Taiwan’s help to make up chips shortage

Germany has asked the Taiwanese government to persuade its chip makers to help reduce the severe shortage of computer chips in the auto industry, which has hampered the sector from economically recovering after the epidemic crisis.

As many car manufacturers around the world closed car assembly lines due to problems in accessing computer chips supplies, which were exacerbated by the actions of the former President Trump administration against Chinese chip factories, and the severe shortage affected many companies, including: Volkswagen Motor, Ford Motor, Subaru, Toyota Motor, Nissan Motor, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

The German Economy Minister asked his Taiwanese counterpart to address the issue by holding talks with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (TSMC), the world’s largest chip maker and one of the most important suppliers to German companies.

But the German car manufacturers have already started direct talks with TSMC regarding increasing the number of shipments to them, and the Taiwanese company has shown very promising signs to solve the problem.

The Berlin government is now planning to increase its support for production capacities in the computer chip industry in Germany and Europe in a move aimed at reducing dependence on Asian companies to supply these chips and to avoid similar problems in the future.

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