Chipmaker STMicro sees auto industry driving 2021 sales

Chipmaker STMicroelectronics is stepping up funding to fulfill a sudden surge in demand from the auto industry, assured it may well reap the advantages in an over-stretched semiconductor industry, its chief govt stated on Thursday.

The Franco-Italian group sees an “accelerated path” in direction of its $12 billion annual sales goal, which it had beforehand postponed by a year to 2023, Jean-Marc Chery instructed analysts on a name.

STMicro’s shares, which had been down in early Paris buying and selling, reversed course on the upbeat feedback and had been up by shut to five% at 1016 GMT.

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“We see clearly this accelerated path,” Chery stated.

“That’s the reason why we have increased our capex (capital expenditure) plan in order to fulfill the strong market demand.”

STMicro, whose high clients embody electrical carmaker Tesla , expects sales of silicon carbide chips, geared toward enhancing the charging capability of batteries in electrical autos and the time between fees, to succeed in $450-500 million this year, with sturdy development in second half, Chery stated.

He didn’t give a comparable determine for 2020.

Chery additionally stated he anticipated “no material change” in sales of sensors and different subtle chips for the smartphone industry in 2021.

The feedback alleviated some investor issues over bottlenecks seen lately within the semiconductor industry, with carmakers akin to Volkswagen and Toyota compelled to halt some manufacturing as a consequence of a scarcity of chips.

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“Clearly, there is an important gap today between the short-term demand of the automotive industry versus the capacity in total in the semiconductor industry,” Chery stated.

“You cannot overnight increase the capacity.”

STMicro stated it deliberate to carry investments this year to $1.8-$2.0 billion, up from $1.28 billion in 2020.

It forecast first-quarter sales up 31.2% from the earlier year to round $2.93 billion.

This story has been revealed from a wire company feed with out modifications to the textual content.

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