On September 2 (local time), it was reported that General Motors would suspend production lines in its eight factories located in Mexico.
According to the report, GM is facing a shortage of semiconductors necessary for computers mounted on cars and is planning to temporarily suspend its production line at its 8th plant, which produces the most profitable products such as pickup trucks and SUVs. Production shutdowns will begin on September 6, 2021 at the earliest and will continue for at least two weeks.
A global shortage of semiconductors is affecting various electronic devices, including smartphones and game consoles, due to factory closures due to the Corona 19 epidemic and transportation disruptions due to a global container shortage. Since the automobile industry is closely related to the semiconductor industry and its share in automobile manufacturing costs is increasing year by year, it is expected that semiconductor demand will continue to exceed supply for the time being.
General Motors also stopped production lines at some factories for two weeks in April 2021. This is the second shutdown. Although the situation remains complex, General Motors says it is confident in the team’s ability to minimize the impact on its high-demand products. Related information can be found here.