The EU is ambitious and hopes to attract TSMC and Samsung to build factories in Europe to increase self-sufficiency in chips.


[Financial Channel/Comprehensive Report] The chip shortage caused by the epidemic has made Europe realize the importance of chip autonomy. In addition to the recently promoted 43 billion euros (about NT$1.3 trillion) "chip bill", the EU has recently committed to creating a The semiconductor ecosystem that the United States is contending with has attracted technology giants such as TSMC and South Korea's Samsung to invest in building factories in Europe.

In order to improve the chip self-sufficiency rate, the EU hopes to increase the chip production capacity from the current below 10% to 20% by 2030.

Previously, Intel (Intel) had announced that it would spend 80 billion euros (approximately NT$2.5 trillion) in the next 10 years to establish a semiconductor supply chain in many European countries. This is the largest foreign semiconductor investment plan in Europe so far.

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It is worth noting that even though the EU currently lacks the ability to independently research and develop advanced process chips, ASML, the world's largest semiconductor equipment manufacturer, is located in the Netherlands and supplies EUV exposure machines (EUV), which are indispensable for global technology factories. This means that the EU still has an absolute monopoly on key equipment for advanced process chips.

In view of the war between Russia and Ukraine, the deteriorating relations between the United States and China, and the tense situation in the Taiwan Strait, not only the United States, but also the EU political circles have repeatedly stated that they should not rely too much on Taiwan chips. However, it still deserves Taiwan's vigilance.

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