Few chips and many problems: this is how a global shortage affects mobiles, computers, TVs and even cars (Clear X # 127)
They came warning us since the end of 2020, and in these first six weeks of 2021 the trend has been consolidated, and it will go further: the shortage of chips in the industry is causing a shortage in the markets of laptops, mobile phones, game consoles, televisions and consumer electronics products of all kinds.
The problem is that the rest of the components of the products are ready and available, but the chips are not, and without them, there can be no final product to sell. The pandemic paralyzed production in multiple plants, something that was causing a domino effect and delays in production and that is leading the industry towards collapse. Manufacturers like Lenovo have an inventory of only 30% of what they had before the pandemic. A monumental problem with consequences that are spreading more and more.
We talked about this in the last episode of Despeja la X, in which we participated Javier Lacort, (@jlacort); and Javier Pastor (@javipas), editor of Engadget. The production runs as always by Santi Araújo (@santiaraujo).
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Beyond consumer electronics
The chip shortage also affects another key industry, cars, increasingly dependent on these components. The absence of a single chip that can cost each manufacturer between one and two dollars prevents the sale of cars that can be sold for 20,000, 30,000, 50,000 dollars … One of the paradoxes of our era with harsh consequences.
To the shortage of chips are added the logistical problems derived from the shortage of containers: a perfect storm for the increase in prices of many products and little available stock
Consequences such as stoppage or reduction of the activity of more and more car manufacturing plants, something that can impact (and is already impacting) in the employment of those factories and of the dealers that sell those cars that simply arrive by dropper.
And there is an added problem: to the shortage of chips is added a container shortage that they are in the best of cases skyrocketing shipping costs of products that are increasingly in demand in a context of a global pandemic and booming electronic commerce; and in the worst case, products that cannot be shipped directly.
A perfect storm that has among its consequences the destruction of employment, the increase in price of a multitude of products and the potential shortage of certain goods.
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