Monterrey, NL. The lack of semiconductors or chips has affected the entire Nuevo León’s automotive industry, it is estimated that this year 20% fewer vehicles will be produced, while sales grow more than the inventory of the assemblers. But since it is a global problem, it could extend throughout the next year, said Manuel Montoya Ortega, director of the Nuevo León Automotive Cluster.
Montoya Ortega explained to The Economist, in 2021 “20% fewer cars will be produced, due to the lack of semiconductors, on the other hand, there is more demand, you cannot find some models and the assemblers cannot supply themselves (…) So far this year the demand (for chips) and will probably extend into next year ”.
The semiconductors They contain silicon and selenium, which have properties to conduct electricity and are essential for the manufacture of automobiles.
According to Nikkei Asia, the total inventory of the world’s top nine chipmakers reached a record $ 64.7 billion at the end of June, as these companies seek to reduce the protracted shortages that have disrupted supply chains of chips. the Automotive industry.
Nikkei Asia detailed that this is because the semiconductors have become an indispensable component for all production lines, as well as for the digitization and wireless technology, and due to the pandemic, many manufacturers suspended the production of chips in Southeast Asia.
The director of Automotive Cluster of Nuevo León emphasized that large investments are being made on the other side of the world to produce semiconductors, and due to the increase in demand from assemblers, the T-MEC it opens up opportunities for chip makers to locate in this area.
According to the National Auto Parts Industry (IN), auto parts production in Mexico will reach 92.353 million dollars in October of this year, which represents an annual variation of 17.7%.
However, the impact due to the lack of semiconductors in the production of vehicles, from January to October 2021, is estimated at 11 million dollars in the North American region, with an impact on production volumes in the United States, Mexico, and Canada of 2.2 million cars, from January to October, according to INA data, with information from IHS Markit.
Nuevo León ranks third in auto parts production with 11.1%, behind Coahuila (17%), and Chihuahua (12.3%), according to INA data.
Broad participation in the Automotive Supplier event is expected
In another vein, Manuel Montoya Ortega, indicated that good news for the Automotive industry is that for the Automotive Supplier event, which will be held online from November 23 to 25, more than 140 requests have been registered by purchasing companies, including eight assemblers, such as Kia Mexico, Navistar, Daimler, and Giant Motors.