The automotive and other industries the globe are facing production challenges due to a shortage semiconductors. A global semiconductor shortage has caused car giant General Motors to halt production all but four its plants in North America. GM owns a number popular car brands, including Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC. A GM spokesperson told the Detroit Free Press news agency that the company is focused trying to resolve its supply-chain difficulties. He said: "Although the situation remains complex and very fluid, we remain confident our team's ability to continue finding creative solutions to minimize the impact our highest-demand and capacity-constrained vehicles."
Semiconductors are an indispensable part many of the gadgets and electrical products we use our everyday lives. Sony, Toyota, Ford and other multinational companies are reporting production hitches due to the current dearth supply. One reason the shortage is the COVID-19 pandemic. Staff shortages factories that manufacture the chips in China, South Korea and Taiwan have negatively hit production. The website engadget.com said companies would experience challenges the foreseeable future. It reported: "With the shortages expected to continue until least 2023, and no immediate solutions forthcoming, GM likely won't be the last company to change its production schedule."