Near-sighted planning, supply-chain complexities and a tradition of keeping inventories low caused the semiconductor shortage that is now forcing carmakers to idle production lines and straining their relationship with chip manufacturers.
Murata Manufacturing Co., the world’s biggest maker of ceramic capacitors for Apple and other smartphone brands, expects demand for fifth-generation wireless devices to surpass 500 million handsets in the coming fiscal year — building on a rush to replace Huawei in the global consumer arena.
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