The amount of time it’s taking for chip-starved companies to get orders filled stretched to 21 weeks in August, indicating the shortages that have crippled car production and held back growth in the electronics industry are getting worse.
Chip lead times, the gap between ordering a semiconductor and taking delivery, increased by six days to about 21 weeks in August from the previous month, according to research by Susquehanna Financial Group. That gap was already the longest wait time since the firm began tracking the data in 2017.
While lead times for analogue and Broadcom chips got worse, there are positive signs for power management chips and optoelectronic components, Susquehanna analyst Chris Rolland said in a research note.
Semiconductor shortages have hampered recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, particularly for car makers. AlixPartners, a global consulting firm, estimated the global automotive industry will lose about US$110-billion (R1.6-trillion) in sales. — Reported by Ian King, (c) 2021 Bloomberg LP