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Due to the power outage in Texas, the chip factories there shut down

The already existing deficit in the sector is exacerbated by the extreme cold in the United States.

In January, several automakers shut down their production lines due to a shortage of chips and this situation could affect until the end of the first quarter. The chip makers involved still have a number of additional problems to deal with. Many companies (Infineon, NXP, Samsung) have facilities in Austin, Texas, and local extreme weather has caused water shortages and power outages that prevent these factories from producing.

Spokesman for Infineon confirmedthat production had to be stopped at a local plant called Fab 25. After being informed of the measure in advance by the electricity supplier, they were able to prepare for the situation in time. The German group has been the largest chip supplier in the automotive industry since its acquisition of Cypress. A Samsung spokesman said saidthat as soon as there is electricity again, they will immediately resume production at their facility. However, the specific date is still being discussed with the authorities.

To put it mildly, the southern state is not even prepared for such weather

There were snowstorms in Texas this week that snow covered the solar panels, the wind turbines and gas pipelines froze, and even oil production was paralyzed. Energy suppliers have been prepared for emergencies lasting up to several weeks, so it is not possible to know when production can resume. One of the energy suppliers confirmedthat failures and problems primarily affect systems that use older energy sources.

In Texas, Governor Greg Abbott said service had been restored to two million households, but there were still hundreds of thousands of residents without electricity. The Republican politician said about 325,000 Texas households still have no electricity, mainly due to broken power lines. Abbott urged the state legislature to order the winterization of the production and energy supply system and secure its financing. U.S. President Joe Biden spoke by phone with the governors of Texas, Louisiana, Kentucky, Kansas, Tennessee, Mississippi and Oklahoma and told them the government was ready to provide assistance.

Source: SG.hu Hírmagazin – Autó by sg.hu.

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