Edited by Laura Shupp and Bertrand J. Neyhouse
Review | Aug. 31 2023
- Critical mineral supply chains for semiconductors are highly vulnerable, and the U.S. is dependent on foreign sources.
- Supply chain security concerns are compounded by risks of concentration and geopolitical tensions, as few countries control an outsized share of the mineral supply.
- Targeted investments prompted by the CHIPS and Science Act could help facilitate a transition to onshore supply chains and create domestic manufacturing capacity for semiconductors.
- In conjunction with ramping up investments to set up manufacturing capacity within the U.S., recycling and recovering semiconductor critical minerals from existing sources can contribute to additional domestic production.
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