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Automakers stalled amid semiconductor shortage brought on by pandemic

“The supply chain is broken, from the beginning all the way to assembling the goods and delivering it to the customer,” said Nikola Dimitrov, a vice-president with AIS Technologies Group in Windsor, Ont.

Dimitrov’s company needs semiconductor chips for precision imaging machines that assemble key auto parts and verify the work has been done correctly. Dimitrov said there’s been a lag of several months during the pandemic, affecting both work timetables and billing cycles.

“There are so many moving components that have to just fit together to deliver the product to the customer on time, and any breakage in any of these links will affect the timing [and] sometimes the end result,” he said.