Day: February 22, 2021

Porsche CEO warns of ‘very serious’ global chip shortage

Porsche’s chief executive warned on Monday that the German luxury automaker’s daily operations could be affected over the coming months by a “very serious” global semiconductor shortage.

“The semiconductor topic is a very serious one because the whole industry is affected because of the big demand of consumer electronics and the faster return of the automotive sector,” Oliver Blume, chief executive of Porsche, told CNBC’s “Squawk Box Europe” on Monday.

“We could be affected every day, so we watch very deeply (over) the next days and months what we can do. We have to relax short term and look for measures long term.”

His comments come after a sudden upsurge in global car sales late last year coincided with a shortfall of essential chip components. The supply shortages brought assembly lines of the chip-reliant car industry to a standstill and halted the production of hundreds of thousands of vehicles worldwide.

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