Toyota, Semiconductor Suppliers Suspend Operations Following Japan Earthquake

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Toyota and other companies using semiconductors are suspending operations in Japan after a strong earthquake hit the country this week.

Due to parts shortages resulting from earthquake-affected suppliers, additional adjustments will be made to production operations at some plants in Japan,” Toyota said. announced Friday.

The production lines will be stopped for three weeks.

A Tokyo-based semiconductor supplier Renesas is trying to bring its three factories back to pre-earthquake volume production on Wednesday, CNBC reported.

The factories were near the epicenter of the 7.3 magnitude earthquake, the company said.

Renesas is responsible for almost a third of the microcontroller chips used in cars around the world.

A Japanese auto company, Subaru Corporation, said it must cut production over the next few days due to supply issues caused by the earthquake, according to CNBC.

“Subaru Corporation will temporarily suspend production at its automotive manufacturing plants due to interruptions in the supply of certain parts, as the operations of the factories of suppliers of these parts have been affected by the earthquake,” Subaru said.

The natural disaster and suspension of operations comes as the world has already suffered from a shortage of semiconductors for months.

The problem will continue to plague automakers who have struggled with their supply chains throughout the pandemic.

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