The chip shortage has caught up with the automotive and technology industries, and the European Union plans to increase production capacity. European Commissioner Thierry Breton (Thierry Breton) is preparing to negotiate with global producers, but has given keywords to the EU.
Breton will meet Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger in Brussels next Friday, and will hold a video with Maria Marced, President of Taiwan’s TSMC Europe branch on the same day meeting.
Breton said: “Strengthening our autonomy does not mean being isolated in the globalized world of the global supply chain. While exploring opportunities to increase European capabilities, we will continue to build bridges with international partners, but we will have a key statement. right.”
According to sources in Brussels, the European Commissioner hopes to persuade one of the major chip manufacturers to establish a factory in the European Union, thereby providing Europe with the most advanced production technology in the next decade.
The head of Intel announced that it will build factories in Europe as part of a change in business strategy, which envisages increasing chip production capacity. However, a source from Brussels said that Breton turned a blind eye to Taiwan’s TSMC because it is the undisputed leader in this field, has an outstanding reputation, and knows the most advanced manufacturing processes.
Analysts warn that large European factories may prove to be a strategic error, because the Old World does not produce smartphones or other consumer electronics products that require the most advanced processors. This means that there is no sustainable market either.
A few years ago, European chip manufacturers such as Infineon, STM and NXP gave up their ambitions to become leaders in this field and focused on certain market segments, such as chips for the automotive industry.
As the Bretons insisted on making large investments, speculation about the location of the possible future “European factory” has passed. According to Reuters, this group of young people mentioned France, Dresden in Germany and the wider area of neighboring Poland.
On the other hand, the American political leader Politico wrote that the leaders of American Intel should visit Germany when they tour Europe next week. A Munich-based Intel spokesperson did not confirm the news. The German Ministry of Economic Affairs declined to comment, saying only that they would not comment on the meeting in principle.