Eastern Europe could be Taiwan’s partner in chip manufacturing

It is crucial for the European Union that the common community produce at least some of the semiconductors used locally in the EU countries by the various industry players, but it is also becoming increasingly clear that this will not be possible without external assistance. This help may come from Taiwan, a semiconductor superpower, with some surprises towards Eastern Europe.

Although the details are not yet known, trade diplomatic talks with three countries in the region, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Lithuania, on potential cooperation in European chip manufacturing are well under way, Kung Ming-hinin, Taiwan’s head of the National Development Council, said in a press release on Thursday.

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The minister visited the three Eastern European countries mentioned above last month, where leaders indicated without exception that they would like to partner with Taiwan in a European semiconductor project that could obviously focus on relocating production capacity to Europe, most likely the world’s largest chip maker, Taiwan Semiconductor. Manufacturing Company (TSMC).

For the time being, however, Taiwan’s statement can be seen as a kind of diplomatic gesture, in return for the three countries supporting the defense of the coronavirus in Taiwan with vaccine shipments, while the Czech Republic and Lithuania also helped ease political and diplomatic pressure from China.

Although Brussels has long sought to persuade Taiwanese industry players to set up an EU chip plant, negotiations have so far been unsuccessful, while TSMC’s Arizona plant is already in full swing with an investment of about $ 12 billion. The European Commission has not previously considered a potential location in Eastern Europe, and the Commission’s previous idea was that eurofab, the center of EU semiconductor production, could be built in Germany or France.


Source: HWSW Informatikai Hírmagazin by www.hwsw.hu.

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