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SE Asia Covid Surge Hits Chip Supply Chains, May Deepen Shortage: FT

A man looks at a semiconductor display at a trade fair in Shanghai
The US is currently winning the chips war, but an eventual outcome could be "a partial decoupling" of the chips ecosystem that forces countries to pick sides, an expert has warned. Photo: Reuters.

(AF) Surging coronavirus cases in Vietnam and Malaysia are disrupting Southeast Asia’s semiconductor manufacturing supply chains, potentially deepening a global shortage of chips, the Financial Times has reported.

The region is a key producer of “passive” components, testing equipment and packaging needed to make the chips, which are used in everything from cars to smartphones, the report stated. Taiyo, Ralec, Epson and NDK are among manufacturers affected by unwell or isolating employees, it added. 

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