ANL 32.21 Increased By ▲ 0.51 (1.61%)
ASC 18.65 Increased By ▲ 1.20 (6.88%)
ASL 26.45 Decreased By ▼ -0.15 (-0.56%)
AVN 91.35 Increased By ▲ 0.85 (0.94%)
BOP 8.21 Increased By ▲ 0.03 (0.37%)
BYCO 11.84 Increased By ▲ 0.49 (4.32%)
DGKC 126.00 Decreased By ▼ -2.50 (-1.95%)
EPCL 48.20 Increased By ▲ 0.05 (0.1%)
FCCL 23.96 Increased By ▲ 0.06 (0.25%)
FFBL 27.90 Decreased By ▼ -0.09 (-0.32%)
FFL 17.79 Decreased By ▼ -0.15 (-0.84%)
HASCOL 11.45 Increased By ▲ 0.25 (2.23%)
HUBC 78.30 Decreased By ▼ -0.70 (-0.89%)
HUMNL 8.64 Decreased By ▼ -0.08 (-0.92%)
JSCL 24.65 Increased By ▲ 0.35 (1.44%)
KAPCO 44.75 Increased By ▲ 0.06 (0.13%)
KEL 4.19 Decreased By ▼ -0.03 (-0.71%)
LOTCHEM 16.31 Decreased By ▼ -0.29 (-1.75%)
MLCF 46.70 Decreased By ▼ -0.35 (-0.74%)
PAEL 36.20 Increased By ▲ 0.32 (0.89%)
PIBTL 11.04 Decreased By ▼ -0.11 (-0.99%)
POWER 10.08 Decreased By ▼ -0.02 (-0.2%)
PPL 90.20 Decreased By ▼ -0.50 (-0.55%)
PRL 26.25 Increased By ▲ 0.31 (1.2%)
PTC 14.00 Increased By ▲ 0.99 (7.61%)
SILK 1.58 Increased By ▲ 0.02 (1.28%)
SNGP 48.20 Increased By ▲ 0.25 (0.52%)
TRG 168.50 Decreased By ▼ -3.30 (-1.92%)
UNITY 49.39 Increased By ▲ 0.14 (0.28%)
WTL 4.26 Increased By ▲ 0.01 (0.24%)
BR100 5,282 Increased By ▲ 24.37 (0.46%)
BR30 27,601 Increased By ▲ 45.56 (0.17%)
KSE100 48,305 Increased By ▲ 53.23 (0.11%)
KSE30 19,479 Decreased By ▼ -58.87 (-0.3%)

DRESDEN, (Germany): Leading car parts supplier Bosch inaugurated a new semiconductor factory in Germany on Monday, hailed by Chancellor Angela Merkel as a boost to Europe’s efforts to reduce reliance on Asian chipmakers at a time of global shortages.

Speaking via video link at the opening ceremony, Merkel said homegrown semiconductors would “make Germany and Europe not just more crisis-proof, but also create new opportunities for growth”.

Bosch has invested roughly one billion euro ($1.2 billion) in the highly automated factory, the single biggest investment in the German firm’s 130-year history.

Merkel’s government has contributed 140 million euros.

The factory is located in Saxony state capital Dresden, a hi-tech hub in former communist East Germany colloquially known as “Silicon Saxony”.

Merkel has in recent months repeatedly lamented Europe’s dependence on foreign-made semiconductors, and said Monday that the current bottlenecks were “weighing on the economic recovery”.

A pandemic-fuelled surge in demand for home electronics has throttled global computer chip supplies, with manufacturers struggling to get their hands on the tiny yet critical components needed in everything from cars and planes to smartphones and game consoles.

But Merkel said even without the pandemic, the burgeoning “internet of things” universe was always going to fuel demand for semiconductors.

If Europeans “want to have a say” in the key market, “we need to catch up to Asia and the United States”, Merkel said.

“We have to be ambitious. Our competitors around the world aren’t sleeping.”

Addressing the same online ceremony, the European Commission’s competition chief Margrethe Vestager said the Bosch factory would “strengthen Europe’s competitiveness as a cradle for cutting-edge innovations”. She reiterated that the European Union aims to produce 20 percent of the world’s semiconductors by 2030.