‘There are no semiconductors for vehicles’…Global automobile production is discontinued one after another

SKC made an announcement on the 23rd that it will integrate its semiconductor materials and components business into its 100% subsidiary SKC Solmix.
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Yonhap News Agency

Global automakers have put a brake on production due to a lack of supplies of semiconductors for vehicles.
Domestic automakers say there is no problem in supplying semiconductors for vehicles right now, but they are preparing for a shortage of supply.
According to industries on the 22nd, Ford recently stopped operating its Louisville Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) plant in Kentucky as supply and demand for semiconductors for vehicles has been disrupted.
The plant in Germany will also be shut down until the 19th of next month.
Volkswagen Group is also expected to suffer about 100,000 units in production in the first quarter in China, North America, and Europe due to a lack of semiconductors.
Audi in the group said it will delay production of high-end models in January and 10,000 employees will take time off.
Japan’s Toyota and Honda also decided to shut down some of their plants in China and Japan.
Chrysler suspended operations at its Canadian plant.
A series of production stoppages by global automakers are the biggest reasons for the biggest disruption in supply and demand of semiconductors for vehicles.
As demand for cars decreased due to the Corona 19 crisis last year, semiconductor companies focused on IT products such as PCs and smartphones instead of reducing production of semiconductors for vehicles.
This is because demand for IT products has increased sharply due to non-face-to-face flow.
However, demand for finished cars recovered faster than expected in the second half of last year as the Korona situation improved and vaccine development was completed.
As a result, automakers are increasing production, but the production of semiconductors for vehicles has not been able to keep up with it, resulting in an imbalance in supply and demand.
Fortunately, South Korea’s major automobile industry has no immediate problem in supplying semiconductors.
It is heard that Hyundai Motor and Kia have secured stocks of semiconductors for vehicles for one to two months.
However it is preparing to respond to lack of semiconductors.
In this regard, the Korea Automobile Manufacturers Association is known to have a meeting attended by working-level automakers and officials from the Korea Semiconductor Industry Association on the 22nd.

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