Subaru to temporarily shut its plant
TOKYO: Japan’s Subaru said on Monday that the automaker will shut its Yajima plant between April 10 and 27 due to a chip shortage, affecting 10,000 vehicles.
Subaru will restart all production lines at the Yajima plant in Gunma Prefecture from May 10, it said in a statement. It added that the impact on the group’s financial results is uncertain.
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The production halt is caused by a global shortages of semiconductors and is not linked to a fire that hit chipmaker Renesas Electronics, a Subaru spokeswoman said.
The Yajima plant manufactures some of the automaker’s popular models, including Legacy sedan and Forester SUV.
Subaru is a global transportation manufacturer with two main businesses: automobiles and aircraft.
Subaru started out as Nakajima Aircraft Company, founded in 1917, just 14 years after the Wright brothers succeeded in the first powered flight in 1903.
As a long-established aerospace company, Subaru has participated in major projects leading aerospace industry in Japan, while leaving records in wide-ranging aircraft development and production.