Received White House letter about global shortage of auto chips: Taiwan
June 24, 2021

Received White House letter regarding global shortage of auto chips: Taiwan minister

TAIPEI (TAIWAN) – Taiwanese Economy Minister Wang Mei-hua said on Saturday she received a missive from the White House regarding the shortage of auto chips around the world, adding that semiconductor firms on the island are “doing what they should” to tackle the issue.

Tight chip supplies have caused problems for auto makers globally, who in some cases are having to curtail production.

This week US President Joe Biden’s top economic adviser, Brian Deese, thanked Wang for her efforts to resolve the shortage in coordination with the island’s manufacturers.

Wang told reporters that she had received the letter on Friday night, adding she had previously met with local chip makers on the issue, referring to meetings she has held in recent weeks.

“Going forward, manufacturers are doing what they should,” she said.

This is a problem affecting car makers around the world, including in the United States, Japan and Europe, and Taiwan is an important supplier, Wang added.

“We are helping as much as we can,” she said.

The shortage has affected Volkswagen, Ford Motor Co, Subaru Corp, Toyota Motor Corp, Nissan Motor Co Ltd, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and other car makers.

Chip makers including Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd (TSMC), the world’s largest contract chip maker, have pledged to prioritise production.

The issue has become a diplomatic one. As well as the letter from the United States, Germany’s economy minister has also written to Wang asking for help.

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