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TSMC, Taiwan's chipmaking king, is spending billions to build a production facility in the desert of Arizona. (Source photo by Reuters and Yifan Yu)
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From somebody to nobody: TSMC faces uphill battle in U.S. talent war

Taiwan's tech titan faces off with Intel in Arizona's tight labor market

YIFAN YU, CHENG TING-FANG and LAULY LI, Nikkei staff writers | U.S.

PHOENIX, U.S./TAIPEI -- On a quiet April morning, cranes, bulldozers, trucks and construction workers bustled down streets in two places lying in opposite directions from Phoenix: those to its north building TSMC's $12 billion chip fab, and those to the south working on a $20 billion expansion of Intel's 42-year-old campus.

Only 80 km apart in Arizona, both projects broke ground in 2021, and both are racing to begin production by 2024. While it may be a while before the factories come online, the two chip giants are already battling with each other for labor -- and the road ahead may be far rockier for TSMC.

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