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TSMC asks suppliers to delay chip delivery, says Reuters

Felicia Tan
Felicia Tan • 2 min read
TSMC asks suppliers to delay chip delivery, says Reuters
The company did not provide a comment on what it called a “market rumour”. Photo: Bloomberg
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Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (TSMC) has asked its suppliers to delay the delivery of its high-end chipmaking equipment, according to a Reuters article dated Sept 15.

However, the delay is said to be for the short term only, says its source.

The reason behind the decision came amid TSMC’s increasing nervousness over demand from its customers.

TSMC, which is currently dealing with delays at its chip factory in Arizona, is seeking to control its costs amid its growing caution over demand outlook, says Reuters.

The company did not provide a comment on what it called a “market rumour”.

TSMC announced, on the same day, that it seeks to accelerate its RE100 sustainability timetable by moving its target for 100% renewable energy consumption for all global operations to 2040 from 2050 previously. RE100 is a global initiative that brings the world’s most influential businesses together to commit to using 100% renewable energy.

See also: Singapore Semiconductor Industry Association (SSIA) reaffirms commitment to cooperation

The company also raised its target for 100% company-wide renewable energy consumption to 60% from 40% by 2030.

In the month of August, TSMC reported net revenue of NT$188.69 billion ($8.06 billion), 6.2% higher m-o-m but 13.5% lower y-o-y.

Year-to-date, revenue from January to August totalled NT$1.36 trillion, 5.2% lower y-o-y.

See also: As Nvidia soars higher on the AI cloud, local semicon plays hitch a ride

On July 20, TSMC cut its revenue projections for 2023 ahead of the delay to its marquee US project.

Analysts from DBS Group Research have been optimistic about the semiconductor sector, saying that the industry seems to be on a recovery path.

Read the full report here.

As at 4.18pm, shares in TSMC are trading NT$8 higher or 1.45% up at NT$558.

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