TOKYO — Japanese automaker Subaru Corp will lower output by “a number of thousand” autos this month in Japan and the USA, it stated on Thursday, citing a worldwide scarcity of semiconductors.

Subaru will regulate manufacturing and scale back output at factories in Gunma, Japan, an organization spokesman stated with out specifying precisely what number of fewer vehicles shall be made.

The corporate later stated that factories in Gunma shall be halted quickly for 2 days from Friday due to provide constraints.

Subaru may even scale back output at its Indiana plant, the spokesman stated, including that the corporate is analyzing whether or not additional manufacturing cuts shall be wanted from February.

International carmakers have been hit by a scramble for semiconductors as demand rebounds from the coronavirus disaster.

Subaru rival Nissan plans to scale back manufacturing of the Word, a hybrid electric car, at its Oppama Plant in Kanagawa prefecture, Japan,  over the scarcity.

Honda stated on Jan. Eight that its home output could possibly be affected by a scarcity of chips. And this week Honda stated it might halt output at its British manufacturing facility from Monday to Thursday subsequent week as a result of COVID-19 associated world provide chain points, the newest manufacturing suspension in current weeks.

Volkswagen stated on Wednesday it might additional lower automobile manufacturing at its most important plant in northern Germany as a result of a scarcity of semiconductors that has hit the trade worldwide.

Employees producing the Tiguan, Touran, and Seat’s Tarraco fashions at its Wolfsburg web site will work decreased hours, the group stated in a press release. Manufacturing of its bestselling Golf mannequin has already been affected.

Ford, Toyota, and Fiat Chrysler Cars have additionally skilled manufacturing issues because of the scarcity.

The issue has a number of causes, trade executives and analysts say, together with bulk-buying by U.S. sanctions-hit Chinese language tech big Huawei Applied sciences, a fireplace at a chip plant in Japan, coronavirus lockdowns in Southeast Asia, and a strike in France.

Extra basically, nonetheless, there was under-investment in 8-inch chip manufacturing vegetation owned largely by Asian companies, which implies they’ve struggled to ramp up manufacturing as demand for 5G telephones, laptops and vehicles picked up quicker than anticipated.