One thing in particular becomes clear in the current phase of the pandemic: there is a lack of semiconductors in many places. Demand has skyrocketed in the last few months, but global and exit restrictions mean that manufacturers have long been unable to meet current demand. The chip manufacturer Intel senses business here and would like to supply components for the automotive industry in the next few months.
Because this is particularly affected by the current shortage. Available semiconductors are more likely to be built into televisions, smartphones and the like so that production lines of large automobile manufacturers do not come to a standstill, Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger wants to deliver to these urgently needed goods in six to 9 months. At least that’s what he said in a interview with Reuters .
“We hope (…) that we don’t need three or four years to build factories, but maybe six months,” said Gelsinger in an interview. It is made possible by adding production to existing processes. After all, there is no need to reinvent the wheel. The new business will then run through a new subsidiary: Intel Foundry Services.
If this time horizon turns out to be true, then many employees in management levels in the automotive industry should be able to breathe a sigh of relief. Because in addition to the American manufacturers Ford and General Motors are also among others Volkswagen and BMW affected.
The problem has also reached government level, at least in the United States. President Joe Biden ordered that semiconductor supply chains should be examined so as not to endanger the national economy. After all, in addition to car manufacturers, companies such as Google and Dell are waiting for their semiconductor deliveries. And that slows down both production and research and development.
The coronavirus pandemic has shown in many places how fragile global supply chains have become. Methods such as “Just in Time” bring significant cost savings, as goods are consumed immediately after delivery, but if there is no replenishment, you are left on dry land. It remains to be seen to what extent the semiconductor industry will recover in the next few months, then hopefully the delivery times for many products will be significantly shorter again.
Via The Verge