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U.S. auto industry calls for government help as it warns of impact of chip shortage

Stock MarketsApr 06, 2021 12:40AM ET
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By David Shepardson

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. auto industry group on Monday urged the government to help as it warned the global semiconductor shortage could result in 1.28 million fewer vehicles built this year and disrupt production for another six months.

The U.S. Commerce Department should dedicate a portion of funding in a proposed bill to expand U.S. semiconductor production to auto sector needs, the Alliance for Auto Innovation said in written responses to a government-initiated review.

U.S President Joe Biden in February ordered several Federal agency actions to address the chip crisis and is also seeking $37 billion in funding for legislation to supercharge chip manufacturing in the United States.

Some funding should "be used to build new capacity that will support the auto industry and mitigate the risks to the automotive supply chain evidenced by the current chip shortage," the group's chief executive, John Bozzella, wrote.

The group said the U.S. government could specify "a particular percentage – that is reasonably based on the projected needs of the auto industry – be allocated for facilities that will support the production of auto grade chips in some manner."

The group represents nearly all major automakers with factories in the United States including General Motors Co (NYSE:GM), Ford Motor (NYSE:F) Co, Volkswagen AG (OTC:VWAGY), Toyota Motor (NYSE:TM) Corp and Hyundai Motor Co.

Automakers have been hit particularly hard by the global chip shortage after many cancelled orders when auto plants were idled during the coronavirus pandemic.

When they were ready to recommence production, they found that chipmakers were busy fulfilling orders for the consumer electronics industry which as seen demand for premium devices - both for work and leisure - boom as people spent more time at home.

Most automakers have been hit by the shortage. In recent announcements, Ford said last week it would cut output at seven North American assembly plants, while Kia Motors said it was cutting two days of production in Georgia.

U.S. auto industry calls for government help as it warns of impact of chip shortage
 

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IBM gave others 5billions to take their chip fabs away. The manufacturing of semiconductors generates wastewater w heavy metals and toxic solvents. Biden is the green police. Would the police look away?
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It is SuperHard to pass the green police here. Intel has been trying to build a fab/chip factory in Az for years.
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Holding on to my $LRCX shares fo sho..!
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Why are auto stocks trading at a premium when they can’t even produce cars right now? On that note, why is $SNAP 1.5x the market cap of $F which makes the most popular vehicle in America? This market is so broken.
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