EU seeks to supercharge computer chip production

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The European Commission has set an ambitious target to boost production of cutting-edge computer chips by the end of the decade.

It wants 20% of such chips, in terms of value, to be manufactured within the EU by 2030. It was 10% in 2020.

The pledge comes at a time when supply has failed to meet demand, causing problems for car-makers and others.

Part of the challenge will be that the US and mainland China are also seeking to increase their own output.

At present, Taiwan’s TSMC and South Korea’s Samsung dominate, with the two companies being the only ones capable of physically producing the very latest in chip tech.

“We are in a sort of paradoxical situation where Europe is using a lot of these different types of technology, but we’re producing little,” said European Commission executive vice-president Margrethe Vestager.

“Yet [chip] production is reliant on machinery produced in Europe. So… there is an interdependency here.” 

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