Taiwan’s Most Powerful Earthquake to Hit Semiconductor Manufacturing?

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  • The earthquake raises concerns about the industry’s heavy reliance on Taiwan for semiconductor manufacturing. 
  • Industry leaders and government officials urge companies to diversify their production lines from Taiwan. 

Taiwan, the world’s capital semiconductor chip making hub, was recently hit by the most powerful earthquake in at least 25 years. The quake is expected to impact the supply chain of tech components including display panels and semiconductors, as manufacturers in the global tech hub work to restore operations at affected facilities.

Taiwan is home to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC), the world’s largest chipmaker. There are several other key players in the country including UMC, Vanguard International Semiconductor, and Powerchip Semiconductor Manufacturing.

The country is prone to earthquakes due to its location. As a result several companies have necessary measures in place to avoid serious damage. Despite the earthquake’s impact, manufacturers in Taiwan have been able to minimise damage to their production facilities and tools through the use of automatic shutdown systems. For now,  facilities have been evacuated and shut down for inspections.

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TSMC has reported that work at its construction sites will resume after inspections, and impacted facilities are expected to restart production throughout the night. While there may be delays in shipments and increased wafer input to compensate, the long-term effects on the industry are expected to be limited.

The earthquake has raised concerns about the industry’s heavy reliance on Taiwan for semiconductor manufacturing. Industry leaders and government officials have been urging companies to diversify their production lines to mitigate risks associated with Taiwan’s geographical vulnerabilities and geopolitical challenges.

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