The global chip shortage continues to affect automakers and their factories. The lack of semiconductors for automobiles forced some companies to halt or reduce production.
As a result, Nissan, Suzuki, and Mitsubishi plan to suspend operations in some of their factories in Japan and elsewhere. According to Reuters, Nissan will temporarily stop car production at their Kyushu plant for three days; June 24, June 25, and June 28. The factory produces the Serena and X-Trail models, as well as the overseas version of the Rogue.
With Nissan Philippines sourcing the X-Trail from Japan, there could be a delay in deliveries next month. Beyond that, Nissan will also make production adjustments at the Tochigi and Oppama plants this coming June.
Nissan announced that they will likely make 500,000 fewer cars for 2021 due to the ongoing shortage. With the price surge in raw materials, Nissan CEO Makoto Uchida said that the company is currently struggling with the lack of semiconductors.
Suzuki, on the other hand, will suspend factory operations at three of its factories in the Shizuoka prefecture for three to nine days. There is no word yet as to which factories will need to halt production as the plans have yet to be officially confirmed according to a Suzuki spokesperson.
Last but not least, Mitsubishi will reduce production by 30,000 units. This includes their five factories in Japan, Indonesia, and Thailand. The cut in production has already been taken into account and has been factored in its outlook for the current fiscal year.
As factories continue to struggle amid the global chip shortage, what does this mean for the Philippines? Well, as mentioned earlier, there could be delays in the delivery of cars to customers. Just last week, Toyota announced that several production lines in Japan will temporarily shut down. No locally sold models will be affected (for now), but it shows just how far-reaching the problem has become.
Some predict that the global chip shortage could last until 2022 and possibly into 2023. With that in mind, it seems automakers will have to roll with the punches and adjust their production accordingly.