Howzzat! A $1 billion cash reward for making semiconductor chips in India is under consideration
- The COVID-19 pandemic triggered a massive demand for servers, internet connectivity and cloud usage.
- The supply chain that more often than not started in China, which is a world leader in making semiconductor chips, broke as the world went into a lockdown.
- Computers, smartphones, cars and microwave ovens are only some of the products that heavily rely on semiconductor chips.
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So much so that car makers like Ford, Nissan, Volkswagen, Fiat Chrysler and Toyota recently cut back production citing a shortage in semiconductors. And to fill that void that is stalling the manufacturing of electronic products, India may soon start offering a cash incentive, worth a whopping billion dollars, to companies that make semiconductor chips in India.
“The government will give cash incentives of more than $1 billion to each company which will set up chip fabrication units,” an unnamed government official told Reuters. Private companies will be ordered to buy ‘made in India’ chips so that these new fabrication units have assured buyers for their product.
AdvertisementAs it stands today, demand is not a problem for chip makers anywhere in the world. There is a huge addressable market that is growing by the day with the proliferation of electric vehicles and fancy cars loaded features like Bluetooth connectivity and driver-assist, navigation and hybrid-electric systems.
Here’s how the global demand for semiconductor stacks up around industries
Source: Semiconductor Industry Association, 2020 cited by EY
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The COVID-19 pandemic triggered a massive demand for servers, internet connectivity and cloud usage as more people started working from home and, therefore, were in need for online collaboration. The pandemic broke the supply chain that more often than not started in China, which is a world leader in making semiconductor chips.
The shortage of chips was worsened as soldiers from India and China locked horns in the Galwan valley in Ladakh. The arrival of imports from China were delayed due to the military and diplomatic standoff.
A big part of India’s Atmanirbhar (self-reliance) programme is weaning itself from relying on China for key inputs. And the Narendra Modi administration seems to be wanting to get it done sooner than later.
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