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TSMC Considers Factory Migration Unfeasible, Stays Committed to Taiwan

TSMC Chairman C.C. Wei reaffirmed that although the company is mindful of the geopolitical risks, Taiwan will continue to be the main hub for its manufacturing operations.


Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), a key player in the semiconductor industry and supplier to tech giants like Nvidia and , has explored options to shift its production facilities from Taiwan, according to Reuters. The company concluded that such a move is impractical due to logistical challenges.

Rising tensions between and Taiwan have fueled these considerations. Recent military maneuvers by Beijing, following the inauguration of Taiwanese President Lai Ching-te, have intensified concerns about the stability of supply chains, particularly for companies reliant on TSMC's semiconductor production.

Logistical Constraints

According to Reuters, TSMC Chairman C.C. Wei pointed out that relocating operations would be extremely difficult with 80-90% of the company's capacity based in Taiwan. Despite the geopolitical risks, the company remains focused on its core Taiwanese base for chip manufacturing.

Although Wei did not disclose the specific clients involved, concerns over geopolitical risks have sparked discussions about relocation. TSMC is currently handling increased orders for advanced chips used in AI technologies and other high-end applications.

OpenAI's Proposal for Increased Production

OpenAI, known for developing ChatGPT, has approached TSMC with a proposal to construct many factories to meet the growing demand for AI chips. CEO Sam Altman reportedly suggested building about three dozen facilities. TSMC found the logistics of this proposal challenging, raising doubts over the feasibility of efficiently operating such a large number of plants.

The high concentration of TSMC's production capacity on the island underscores the logistical difficulties in moving its facilities amidst increasing geopolitical pressures.

Markus Kasanmascheff
Markus Kasanmascheff
Markus is the founder of WinBuzzer and has been playing with Windows and technology for more than 25 years. He is holding a MasterĀ“s degree in International Economics and previously worked as Lead Windows Expert for Softonic.com.

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