United States: GM signs exclusive chip supplier agreement with GlobalFoundries

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GM has signed an exclusive supplier agreement with semiconductor maker GlobalFoundries, another arm of the automaker’s growing electric vehicle supply chain network.

Through the agreement, the chip manufacturer aims to reduce the number of unique chips needed to power GM’s EVs by producing higher quality supply in greater quantity and with more predictability, according to the release.

GlobalFoundries will produce the chips at its manufacturing facility in Malta, New York.

GM has spent the past year fortifying its EV supplier network, looking to secure ample supply of electric vehicle and battery components as it races to produce 1 million EVs annually by 2025.

GM signed three supplier deals last summer to secure components needed for battery production, including lithium, nickel, cobalt and cathode active material. And in January, the automaker announced plans to invest $650 million in a Nevada lithium mine.

GlobalFoundries, meanwhile, has been investing in its manufacturing capacity. The company announced the extension of its partnership with QualComm Technologies in August, including investing $4.2 billion in chip manufacturing and expanding capacity at GlobalFoundries’ Malta facility.

For New York, the GM-GlobalFoundries news builds on its efforts to become a hub of semiconductor manufacturing activity. The state passed the Green CHIPS legislation in August, aimed at attracting chip investment and job creation in the state.

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