Debrief: Consumers further hit as global chip crunch worsens

Semiconductor chips are used in almost all consumer electronic products.
Semiconductor chips are used in almost all consumer electronic products.PHOTO: AFP

SINGAPORE - The global chip shortage, which has become more pronounced in recent months, is expected to last until next year.

The onset of the Covid-19 pandemic made manufacturers more conservative in their projections and orders. As a result, stronger-than-expected recovery in the second half of last year caught them unprepared.

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