Due to a shortage of semiconductor chips, GM is temporarily closing plants in Indiana and Mexico.

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General Motors announced next week that it will temporarily halt production of its full-size pickup trucks in Indiana and Mexico due, in part, to a global shortage of semiconductor chips.

The Detroit-based automaker announced its plans on Wednesday, stating that plant closures in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Silao, Mexico, will begin on Monday. Starting next week, the assembly plant in Flint, Michigan, will also be reduced to one shift per week.

GM says full production at the plants will resume the week of Aug. 2, according to The Detroit News.

“These most recent scheduling adjustments are being driven by temporary parts shortages caused by semiconductor supply constraints from international markets experiencing COVID-19-related restrictions,” GM said, according to CNN. “We expect it to be a near-term issue.”

The production of Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks, the automaker’s most profitable and best-selling vehicles, will be affected by the cuts.

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This isn’t GM’s first temporary shutdown; earlier this year, the company closed plants in Missouri, Michigan, Kansas, Canada, and Mexico.

Semiconductors are used in a variety of automotive electronics, including powertrain control systems, advanced safety systems, and in-car entertainment.

Due to the shortage, other automakers such as Ford, Volkswagen, and Toyota have reduced production in recent months.



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