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Supply Chain

Chip shortage helps hidden gems in supply chain to shine

Niche chipmaker earnings and valuations jump as investors realize their importance

The global chip shortage that emerged in late 2020 has sparked unprecedented demand for the type of components made by smaller players in the tech supply chain.   © Reuters

HSINCHU, Taiwan -- When Powerchip returns to the Taiwan Stock Exchange on Dec. 6, it will cap a remarkable comeback for a company that was once written off, even by its own backers.

Once the biggest Taiwanese memory chip maker, the company delisted in 2012 as it grappled with a $4 billion debt crisis. It was forced to shutter its most advanced chip plant and sell off the facility's equipment, as well as give up its stake in a joint venture with Japan's Elpida Memory, then its most important tech partner.

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