Shanghai Lockdown Causes Toyota to Halt Production at 8 Plants

Toyota Motor Corp. will suspend the operation of 14 production lines across eight factories in Japan for nearly one week later this month as part of the Japanese automaker’s effort to cope with a microchip shortage caused by a month-plus Chinese coronavirus lockdown of Shanghai, China, Kyodo News reported Wednesday.

Workers assemble fourth generation Toyota Prius cars on the production line at the company's Tsutsumi assembly plant in Toyota City, Aichi prefecture on December 8, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Toshifumi KITAMURA (Photo credit should read TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP via Getty Images)

China: Lockdown Victims Running Out of Food While Regime Worries About Computer Chips

Chinese Communist Party authorities have seemingly prioritized microchips over hungry citizens this week, according to two reports published by the state-run Global Times on Tuesday, which reveal the Party ensured semiconductor production continued unabated in Shanghai during its latest lockdown to contain the Chinese coronavirus while simultaneously failing to provide sufficient food to residents of northeastern China’s Changchun city during its own lockdown.

Shoppers rummage through empty shelves in a supermarket before a lockdown as a measure against the Covid-19 coronavirus in Shanghai on March 29, 2022.

IOU 1 Microchip: Ford to Ship Explorer SUVs Missing Chips Due to Shortage

Ford will reportedly soon begin shipping some Ford Explorers without the chips that control rear air conditioning and heating controls among other features not considered critical. The decision to ship vehicles missing chips is the latest development in the ongoing worldwide microchip shortage that is plaguing automakers and manufacturers of all types.

Workers assemble cars at the newly renovated Ford's Assembly Plant in Chicago, June 24, 2019. - The plant was revamped to build the Ford Explorer, Police Interceptor Utility and Lincoln Aviator. (Photo by JIM YOUNG / AFP) (Photo credit should read JIM YOUNG/AFP via Getty Images)

More Microchip Headaches: Ukraine Halts Half of World’s Neon Output

Ukraine’s two leading suppliers of neon have halted their operations as Russia continues its attacks on the country. Neon is an essential component in microchips which were already struggling with severe shortages, harming American businesses in sectors ranging from consumer appliances to auto manufacturing.

The all-new 2018 Ford Expedition SUV goes through the assembly line at the Ford Kentucky Truck Plant October 27, 2017 in Louisville, Kentucky. Ford recently invested $900 million in the plant for upgrades to build the all-new Expedition and Lincoln Navigator, securing 1000 hourly U.S. jobs. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty …

Taiwan Claims Malfunction, Not Sabotage, Behind Giant Blackout

An electricity blackout that affected nearly 5.5 million households and businesses across Taiwan on Thursday was caused by a “human error” that resulted in an equipment malfunction at a power plant managed by the state-run Taiwan Power Co. (Taipower), Taiwan government officials announced late Thursday local time.

The Taipei 101 tower, once the worlds tallest building, and the Taipei skyline, are pictured from the top of Elephant Mountain on January 7, 2020 in Taipei, Taiwan. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)

‘Silicon Heartland:’ Intel Chooses Ohio to Build Largest Chip Factory ‘on the Planet’

Computer chip maker Intel will reportedly be investing $20 billion to develop a new chip manufacturing site in New Albany, Ohio. Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger told TIME in an interview that the chipmaker expects the location to become “the largest silicon manufacturing location on the planet,” adding that the plant could expand to 2,000 acres. Gelsinger said that the new site could become the “Silicon Heartland.”

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Canon Tells Customers How to Defeat Printer Ink DRM as Chip Shortage Continues

Printer giant Canon has begun telling customers how to bypass their ink cartridge DRM technology as the global chip shortage has resulted in the company being unable to manufacture ink cartridges with the appropriate DRM chips. The ink cartridge DRM tech is a key component of Canon’s business as it discourages customers from using third-party ink cartridges in their printers.

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