Europe's interest in semiconductor production has in part been stimulated by a supply chain breakdown that has left a number of European automotive factories unable expand output after the Covid-19 pandemic (see Volkswagen faces massive chip shortages). However automobiles use relatively few chips manufactured on the most advanced processes.
That leading-edge currently stands at 5nm and European politicians are realising the strategic nature of being able to control IC supply as technologies such as artificial intelligence and 5G gain significance.
Europe's attempts to re-engage with chip production are being led by politicians such as German economy minister Peter Altmaier and Europan Industry Commissioner Thierry Breton (see Germany ready to help Europe invest 'billions' in chip manufacturing).
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