Preserving the Chokepoints

Reducing the Risks of Offshoring Among U.S. Semiconductor Manufacturing Equipment Firms

Andre Barbe

Will Hunt

May 2022

Offshoring the production of semiconductor manufacturing equipment would remove an important source of leverage over China and make the United States more dependent on other countries for some of the most important inputs to semiconductor manufacturing. This brief explores the factors driving U.S. SME firms to offshore production and what can be done to slow or reverse offshoring.

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