The world’s largest chip manufacturer, TSMC, expects production capacities for semiconductors to be tight in the coming year as well. Meanwhile, the demand for chips is unbroken: The Taiwanese company expects sales this year in US dollars to swell by 24 percent year-on-year and thus even more strongly than before, as CEO CC Wei said in a conference on Thursday said. Capacity will remain scarce for the rest of this year and throughout 2022. This could mean that the shortage of electronic components in many sectors, such as the automotive industry, could drag on for a long time.
In the months from July to the end of September, TSMC earned the bottom line with 156.3 billion Taiwanese dollars (4.8 billion euros) around 14 percent more than a year earlier and also more than expected by analysts. Sales rose 16.3 percent to a record level of 414.7 billion Taiwanese dollars, as the company confirmed in Hsinchu on Thursday.
Expansion of capacities
TSMC has planned investments of $ 100 billion over the next three years to expand its capacity, of which around $ 30 billion should still be incurred this year. According to Wei, TSMC wants to start building a new factory in Japan next year, with production then starting late in 2024. Building new capacity in the industry is costly and time-consuming. The competitors at Samsung and Globalfoundries are currently investing billions in new machines for chip production. (dpa / mer)
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