London — Jaguar Land Rover said Thursday that it would shut down production at two plants in the UK to become the latest automaker to fall victim to a global shortage of microchips.
“Like any other automaker, we are currently experiencing disruptions in the COVID-19 supply chain, including the global availability of semiconductors,” a British luxury car brand said in a statement. This shortage “is affecting our production schedule and our ability to meet global demand for some vehicles.”
According to the company, production will be shut down for a “limited time” from Monday at the Hailwood plant near Liverpool and the Castle Bromwich plant near Birmingham in central England. Production will continue at another plant in Solihull, central England.
The Halewood plant manufactures Jaguar XE, XF and F-type models, and the Castle Bromwich plant manufactures Land Rover Discovery Sport and Range Rover Evoc.
This announcement is the latest to highlight the challenges posed by the growing chip shortage to the global automotive industry. The global automobile industry is making cars that are beginning to resemble wheeled computers.
General Motors and Ford said earlier this month that tight chip supplies forced them to cut production at their North American plants. Other marks like Fiat Chrysler, now Stellantis, Volkswagen, Nissan and Honda have also been hit hard by the lack of semiconductors.
Since last summer, a serious chip shortage has spread to various markets. Due to the coronavirus pandemic in early 2020, chip factories have begun to close, especially in Asia, where much of the world’s semiconductor production is based. By the time they started resuming, there was a large backlog of orders to fill.
A semiconductor shortage worsened last month after a fire broke out at a factory owned by Renesas in Japan, which manufactures chips for Toyota, Nissan and Honda.