Automotive Author: Contributor, Phate Zhang Editor: Luke Sheehan Nov 18, 2021 11:50 AM (GMT+8)

The easing of the automotive chip supply shortage is slowly being realized.

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China Securities Journal reporters recently visited a number of auto sales stores in Beijing and found that the best-selling models are basically being offered in stock, with the car market experiencing strong consumer demand and the delivery cycle has been shortened.

"Previously, consumers had to wait at least two months to get delivery because of chip shortage. In recent times, they wait a month to a month and a half to get delivery," the report quoted a sales executive at Li Auto as saying on November 16.

The best-selling models of Mercedes-Benz, Audi and BMW are now largely offered in stock at stores, with discounts returning to the levels seen before the chip shortage issue emerged, and delivery lead times are largely back to normal, the report said.

Malaysia's fabs were back to 100 percent labor in late October and operations are now back to normal, the report said, citing executives at a private equity firm in the semiconductor sector.

This comes after deliveries by a number of car companies, including Li Auto and NIO, were hit by the Covid-19 outbreak in Malaysia.

On November 16, Morgan Stanley said auto production and cloud data center server shipments are expected to improve as chip production in Malaysia increased in October, with chip companies aggressively expanding capacity and enhancing supply.

With the increase in chip supply, Nissan, Ford and Toyota also recently announced that they are increasing car production in different regions of the world.

China Passenger Car Association Secretary-General Cui Dongshu previously said that the recent global Covid-19 epidemic is gradually improving, passenger car market production and wholesale has improved, and the darkest moment of chip supply has passed.

However, chipmakers still stressed that the chip shortage will continue for some time.

MediaTek CEO Rick Tsai recently said that the semiconductor industry will have a chance to achieve market balance only after new foundry capacity comes online in 2023.

Bosch CEO Volkmar Denner also said that although the one-time supply shock in the semiconductor market has passed, the capacity is still not enough to meet global demand.


This article was first published by Phate Zhang on CnEVPost, a website focusing on new energy vehicle news from China

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