voda schreef op 13 augustus 2021 15:08:
Semiconductor shortage to
continue into 2022
Major Japan-based semiconductor manufacturer Renesas expects semiconductor shortages
for the automotive industry to continue until the middle of next year, says company chief
executive Hidetoshi Shibata.
Renesas returned to full production in July following its plant fire in March.
“We expect to compensate for the lost production volumes due to the fire by the end of the
year,” Shibara said during an online press conference. “However, automakers, which have cut
their production this year due to a shortage of semiconductors, will try to catch up next year,
which will keep the increased demand for chips. We believe that demand will only come into
equilibrium with supply by the middle of next year.”
Renesas reported an increase of 115% on-year in operating profit to $600 million in January-June. Product sales increased by 22%.
In 2019, Renesas was the third-largest maker of automotive chips. Toyota, Nissan and Honda
are among its biggest customers.
Global automotive production could rebound 7-9% on-year in 2021 but will be hampered by
supply chain frictions, mainly the lack of semiconductors for OEMs, ING Bank said last week.
The global semiconductor shortage has even affected next year’s production already, with 5
million vehicles estimated not produced in 2021 and 3m units in 2022, the bank says citing the
Center for Automotive Research. The battle for chips will continue between the automotive
industry, consumer electronics, computing and wireless communication.
Bosch recently opened a €1 billion ($1.21 billion) semiconductor manufacturing facility in
Dresden, Germany. This is expected to significantly ease automotive chip supply shortages,
but only from September.