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Toshiba Concerned Chip Crisis May Deepen After Ukraine Invasion

  • Tight component supplies unlikely to improve for another year
  • Ukraine provides purified rare gases essential to chipmaking

Toshiba Corp. said supply challenges for electronic components are unlikely to abate for another year as chronic shortages remain, while Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, a key supplier of chipmaking materials, may also have an impact.

“The sense of shortages hasn’t changed at all,” Hiroyuki Sato, the head of Toshiba’s devices unit, said in an interview. “We expect the current tight supply will last until March next year” at the earliest.