Biden administration on semiconductor chip shortage, promises help

Trade group: America's share of global chip manufacturing has slumped to just 12%

The global semiconductor shortage roiling automakers, including General Motors and other industries, is now a priority for the White House which is investigating “choke points in the supply chain” which are hurting American workers. 

“One of the central motivations for the Executive Order the President will sign in the coming weeks is to undertake a comprehensive review of supply chains for critical goods. The review will be focused on identifying the immediate actions we can take from improving the physical production of those items in the U.S. to working with allies to develop a coordinated response,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said on Thursday.

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The U.S. has slipped in manufacturing against rivals with its share of worldwide manufacturing capacity now at just 12% compared to 37% in 1990, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association, whose company members include AMD, Nvidia, Micron and others.

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The SIA, today in a letter, urged the Biden administration to “include substantial funding for semiconductor manufacturing and research in the administration’s economic recovery and infrastructure plan” to help return to the U.S. to a place of leadership.

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AMD ADVANCED MICRO DEVICES, INC. 80.80 +1.52 +1.92%
NVDA NVIDIA CORP. 610.76 +3.92 +0.65%
MU MICRON TECHNOLOGY, INC. 87.68 +0.20 +0.23%

Earlier this week, GM told investors the shortage may clip as much as $2 billion off earnings [EBIT], as it stands now. In the meantime, the company will allocate resources to its higher-margin vehicles.

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GM GENERAL MOTORS CO. 56.24 +0.46 +0.82%

“We expect the shortage to be temporary, and we'll look to focus on protecting supply of our highest demand products such as full-size trucks and SUVs as well as EVs,” said CFO Paul Jacobson on the automaker’s earnings call.

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F FORD MOTOR CO. 11.60 +0.14 +1.22%

Ford and others have warned of production shutdowns due to the shortage which is being caused, in part, due to heavy demand for electronics and other products coveted during the pandemic and the working from home mandate from many industries.

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NOK NOKIA OYJ 4.21 +0.06 +1.34%

Nokia's CEO Pekka Lundmark also highlighted the issue last week saying; "this is not a Nokia specific issue in any way, but a world issue for the next year or two, its difficult to say exactly where it will all lead to, but requires a lot of attention."

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