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Latest Updates: Taiwan Earthquake Impact on Semiconductor Supply ChainLatest Updates: Taiwan Earthquake Impact on Semiconductor Supply Chain

Latest update April 12th. Original article published on April 4th A 7.4 magnitude earthquake shook Taiwan on Wednesday, threatening the supply chain for 92% of the globe’s advanced semiconductors. The quake struck at around 8 am local time just 11 miles southwest of Hualien City....

EPA Bans Chrysotile Asbestos Under TSCAEPA Bans Chrysotile Asbestos Under TSCA

On March 18th, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) banned chrysotile asbestos, the last form of asbestos used in the United States, under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Its use goes beyond construction and is still used in electronics and automotive applications. Chrysotile asbestos, or...

SVHC Candidate List Update 2024SVHC Candidate List Update 2024

On Jan 23, 2024, another SVHC Candidate List update was issued by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), adding five new substances. With the five new substances, the REACH SVHC list now contains 240 substances.  The 5 substances contained in this SVHC Candidate List Update  According...

U.S. Invests in Chip Factories in Colorado and OregonU.S. Invests in Chip Factories in Colorado and Oregon

On January 4th, the Biden administration announced a commitment to allocate $162 million to Microchip Technology, aiming to bolster the domestic production of computer chips. This marks the latest announcement associated with a 2022 law aimed at revitalizing semiconductor manufacturing in the United States.The incentives...

EPA Prioritizes Five Chemicals for Risk Evaluation Under TSCAEPA Prioritizes Five Chemicals for Risk Evaluation Under TSCA

In an effort to strengthen chemical safety regulations, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced the initiation of the prioritization process for five additional toxic chemicals under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). This decision may substantially impact manufacturers as the EPA takes steps...

Cargo Ships Avoid the Suez Canal after Red Sea AttacksCargo Ships Avoid the Suez Canal after Red Sea Attacks

Cargo vessels are avoiding the Red Sea after Houthi rebels started attacking commercial ships off the Yemen coast. Since mid-November, the rebel group has attacked ships in protest of Israel’s escalating response against Hamas in the Gaza Strip. The attacks threaten to disrupt supply chains...

PFAS, Supply Chain Resilience, and 4 More Topics You May Have Missed in 2023PFAS, Supply Chain Resilience, and 4 More Topics You May Have Missed in 2023

As we close the book on 2023, there were a lot of major topics and events we discussed that impacted the semiconductor industry. From the growing scrutiny of PFAS ‘Forever Chemicals’ to major supply chain disruptions and how to respond to them, we had much...

US Restricts AI Chip Exports to ChinaUS Restricts AI Chip Exports to China

The U.S. Department of Commerce is restricting the sale of advanced artificial intelligence (AI) chips to China after announcing new export rules in October. The latest measures specifically target Nvidia’s A800 and H800 AI chips, with potential implications for semiconductor giants Intel and AMD. Additionally,...