No chip manufacturers aim to build fabs in Europe
US and Asia grab the pie
The world’s largest chip producer Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is thinking about investing tens of billions of dollars in state-of-the-art chip factories in the U.S. State of Arizona. At the same time, it seems that there will be no great European chip fabs is the main supplier of, for example, Apple, and automobile manufacturers, reported Reuters news agency, on the basis of the experts.
The Taiwanese have already announced that they will spend between $ 10 billion and $ 12 billion for a new location in Phoenix, Arizona. But this will probably be the first of possibly six new factories there, Reuters sources say. This might also include a more advanced 3-nanometer factory. It could cost 23 billion to 25 billion dollars.
The fact that TSMC does not shy away from making a big wallet, has already been shown recently. The group announced that it would spend about $ 100 billion over the next three years to expand its chip-making capacity. With this high amount, the chip maker hopes to cope with the increasing demand for chips. Car manufacturers have been struggling with major chip deficits lately. As a result, more and more parties are forced to reduce their production.
A debate on how to encourage the making of chips is also taking place in the European Union. For example, Intel has already shown serious interest in this. The American chip group recently discussed this with Brussels and could receive a large subsidy. But at TSMC, talks with the EU seem to be “very bad”, Reuters sources say. A TSMC spokeswoman states that the company has not excluded any possibility, but that there are currently no plans for a factory in Europe.