RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The pandemic caused by the new coronavirus (Covid-19) has caused a breakdown in the production chains worldwide, causing several factories to face shortages of raw materials and products. In Brazil and worldwide, one of the main components in shortage is the semiconductor chips, responsible for conducting electrical currents and used in smartphones, cars, and video games, for example.
Although the shortage is global, Brazil also faces an almost total dependence on foreign production. Therefore, the country's industries cannot compensate or reverse the lack of these chips. According to Abisemi (Brazilian Semiconductor Industry Association), about . . .