This inquiry will examine the strengths and weaknesses of the semiconductor industry and its supply chain in the UK.
Semiconductor materials are essential in electronics and are used in computer chips in everything from fridge freezers to airliners. The new inquiry comes amidst an ongoing global shortage of semiconductors that has caused widespread disruption to supply chains. This has impacted the production of popular products like the Mini and the PlayStation 5.
In this inquiry the committee seeks to understand current and future demand for computer chips in the UK, the strengths and weaknesses of the UK semiconductor industry and its supply chain, and opportunities for collaboration between the United States, the European Union and other allies.