Chip shortage: ASML factory fire could be another blow to global semiconductor supply

ASML Holding, which supplies a vital technology used in computer chips, has reported a fire at a manufacturing plant, but the extent of the damage isn’t yet known

Technology



4 January 2022

Lithography elements - Silicon wafer seen through a lens element.

Photolithography systems are used to manufacture computer chips

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A fire at a factory owned by the sole provider of a vital technology used to manufacture computer chips could exacerbate an already serious global shortage of semiconductors used in everything from phones to cars.

The blaze broke out overnight on Sunday at a plant in Berlin, Germany, owned by ASML Holding. Although far from a