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Japanese auto manufacturers, Daihatsu Motor and Subaru, are forced to extend production halts in Japan owing to delays in auto component shipments.


The reappearance of COVID-19 cases in the Southeast Asia regions has led to a delay in shipments for the Japanese manufacturers, which has led to a shortage of semiconductors, an essential part of passenger vehicles. The shortage began towards the end of 2020 and has now extended to 2021. 


Several auto analysts and reports suggested that the shortage of these chips to widen in H2 of 2021. 


Daihatsu, Toyota’s wholly-owned subsidiary, will extend suspension at most of its main plants at Ikeda in Osaka Prefecture until Sept 17. Production was halted on Aug 30. Daihatsu’s Oita No. 2 plant will be shut until Sept 14 while production was shut on Sept 1. Plants were to resume operations on Sept 10. 


In July 2021, Daihatsu produced 110,320 units worldwide and 82,119 units in Japan. 

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