General Motors has announced it is stopping production at three of its plants due to a shortage of semiconductors, and cutting production at a fourth.
“Semiconductor supply for the global auto industry remains very fluid. Our supply chain organization is working closely with our supply base to find solutions for our suppliers’ semiconductor requirements and to mitigate impacts on GM. Despite our mitigation efforts, the semiconductor shortage will impact GM production in 2021. We are currently assessing the overall impact, but our focus is to keep producing our most in-demand products – including full-size trucks and SUVs and Corvettes – for our customers. However, we can confirm that the following GM assembly plants will take downtime on all shifts the week of Monday, Feb. 8:
- Fairfax (Kansas)
- CAMI (Ingersoll, Ontario)
- San Luis Potosi (Mexico)”
In addition, the company said its Bupyeong 2 will operate at half capacity beginning February 8.
The semiconductor shortage is another effect of the global pandemic. As individuals — and especially gamers — are stuck at home, the demand for semiconductors has skyrocketed. Apple and Microsoft have both reported spectacular quarters, driven in large part from increased demand for personal computers and tablets.