According to foreign media reports, on March 16th, local time, Honda Motor said that all U.S. and Canadian factories will temporarily suspend some production next week due to a series of supply chain problems.
A Honda spokesman said that most of the company’s U.S. and Canadian factories will be shut down for a week from March 22 to March 26, due to the epidemic, multi-port congestion, chip shortages and extreme cold weather in the past few weeks.
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Honda said, “To some extent, all our automobile factories in the United States and Canada will be affected.”
Some U.S. and Canadian factories are expected to cut production less next week, and a Honda spokesman added, “The timing and duration of production adjustment may change.” Honda Motors declined to specify the number of vehicles affected, but said that “the procurement and production team is working hard to limit the impact of this situation.”
It is reported that the shutdown has affected Honda’s factories in Ontario, Canada, Ohio, Alabama and Indiana. However, Honda said that its Mexican factory did not announce any production cuts.
Typically Honda produces around 30,000 cars a week in the U.S. and Canada, said Sam Fiorani, vice president of global auto forecasting at AutoForecast Solutions, a production tracking agency.
Coincidentally, on March 16, Volkswagen Group CEO Dis said at the 2020 financial report meeting that Volkswagen lost 100,000 production in the global market in the first two months of this year due to chip shortages.
It is expected that the chip shortage will continue for some time, and Volkswagen is expected to make up for the sales loss in the second half of the year.