How a perfect storm created a global chip shortage

Unfinished cars parked outside a Volkswagen Navarra factory in Pamplona, Spain, due to a shortage of semiconductors.
Unfinished cars parked outside a Volkswagen Navarra factory in Pamplona, Spain, due to a shortage of semiconductors.PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING (CAIXIN GLOBAL) - A chip shortage that has squeezed global automakers since late last year offered a snapshot of how the Covid-19 pandemic and geopolitical uncertainties have distorted supply chains in the highly globalised semiconductor industry.

The question is: Will it lead to a reshaping of the industry's global landscape?

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