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Shortages and constraints are reaching into the most obscure corners of the global supply chain for electronic chips. (Source photos by Reuters, TSMC and AP) 
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From chemicals to gases, chip suppliers reel as materials prices surge

Industry braces for 'more costly future' as shortages haunt supply chains

CHENG TING-FANG and LAULY LI, Nikkei Asia tech correspondents | East Asia

TAIPEI/KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan -- Ask someone in the chip industry what materials are getting more expensive, and the most likely answer will be: What isn't?

That is because shortages and constraints are now reaching into the most obscure corners of the supply chain, pushing up prices of vital chemicals and materials whose availability the industry once took for granted.

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