Mazda to cut production due to chip shortage

Japanese automaker Mazda plans to cut production at two of its domestic factories this month because it can't get enough parts as the coronavirus pandemic disrupts semiconductor supplies.

Mazda says it will halt the night shift at two plants in western Japan for a total of 10 weekdays over two weeks, starting on Monday. One of the plants is located at the firm's headquarters in Hiroshima.

Company officials say they're having trouble getting parts from Malaysia, where a supplier has cut output.

It's the third time for Mazda to suspend operations at domestic factories due to the chip shortage. It did so in July and August as well.

The company predicts it will miss its global output forecast for the business year through March by 100,000 vehicles.