A shortage of certain silicon chips has shown the importance of the small parts of our world and economy, as some of the world's largest manufacturers have been forced to change or even stop production until more arrive.
Car makers are at the forefront of the issue, as the chip "wafers" are used to make crucial semiconductors, which are in turn used in "microcontrollers" in vehicles – small devices that control internal car systems such as airbags or entertainment systems.
Although the auto industry remains down on production due to COVID-19 and resulting supply issues, German auto parts supplier Robert Bosch said the "bottleneck" in semiconductor chips was becoming one of the biggest COVID-19-linked shortages.
CGTN Europe spoke to Michelle Krebs, senior director of automotive relations for Cox Automotive in Detroit, U.S., to understand why the shortage occurred.
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