U.S. car companies turn to the U.S. government for help to solve the chip shortage
U.S. automakers have called on the U.S. government to put pressure on Asian semiconductor manufacturers to shift part of their production capacity to automotive chips.
At a time when there is a global shortage of automotive chips, US automakers are seeking help from the US government to solve the problem of shutdowns caused by chip shortages.
The American Automobile Policy Committee (AAPC), a lobbying organization for US automakers, calls on the US Department of Commerce and Biden to put pressure on Asian semiconductor manufacturers to redistribute the output of consumer electronics products and switch to the key to producing cars. chip.
AAPC President Matt Blunt said in an interview on Friday that AAPC has asked the US government to help find a solution to the problem, because the shortage of chips will have a negative impact on auto factory production and the US economy. 'We don't care about the reasons for global chip shortages, we just want to find a solution.'
Last week, chip shortages forced Ford to close a factory in Kentucky and will close a small car factory in Germany. FCA also had to temporarily suspend production in Mexico and Canada, and it is expected that more production lines will be suspended in the coming weeks.
Chip manufacturers and car manufacturers are all blaming each other. Chip makers said that in the early days of the outbreak, the auto industry's sharp cuts in orders were the main reason for the shortage. However, major automakers and their suppliers pointed out that chip manufacturers give priority to supplying more profitable consumer electronic products, and as more and more people are isolated from home, the demand for consumer electronic products has surged.
Blunt said that the longer the chip shortage drags on, the more damage it will do to the US economy. Given that it will take at least three months for chip manufacturers to increase production, the impact on automakers will continue until mid-2021. Even if the problem is resolved immediately, the first season will be affected. In addition, the longer it takes to solve the problem, the greater the impact on season 3 may be.
The 50-year-old former Governor of Missouri stated that he has begun 'preliminary' discussions with the Biden administration and hopes that the new president will prioritize car core shortages as a priority issue that needs to be resolved after he takes office. In his view, many people in the new government have automotive experience and expertise and understand how important the automotive industry is to the United States. So on the whole, he is optimistic about the future development of the industry.