TAIPEI — Taiwan Economic system Minister Wang Mei-hua mentioned on Saturday she had obtained a letter from the White Home on the worldwide scarcity of auto chips and Taiwanese semiconductor corporations are “doing what they need to” to handle the issue.

Tight chip provides have induced issues for auto makers globally, who in some circumstances are having to curtail manufacturing.

This week U.S. President Joe Biden’s prime financial adviser, Brian Deese, thanked Wang for her efforts to resolve the scarcity in coordination with the island’s producers.

Wang informed reporters that she had obtained the letter on Friday evening, including she had beforehand met with native chip makers on the problem, referring to conferences she has held in latest weeks.

“Going ahead, producers are doing what they need to,” she mentioned.

It is a drawback affecting automotive makers around the globe, together with in the US, Japan and Europe, and Taiwan is a crucial provider, Wang added.

“We’re serving to as a lot as we will,” she mentioned.

The scarcity has affected Volkswagen, Ford, Subaru, Toyota, Nissan, Stellantis (previously Fiat Chrysler Vehicles) and different automotive makers.

Chip makers together with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC), the world’s largest contract chip maker, have pledged to prioritize manufacturing.

The difficulty has develop into a diplomatic one. In addition to the letter from the US, Germany’s economic system minister has additionally written to Wang asking for assist.