Mitsubishi Motors said it would cut vehicle output in Japan and Thailand in April due to the global shortage of semiconductors.

The company is one of many global automakers affected by the semiconductor shortage since the end of last year, resulting in temporary stoppages at vehicle assembly plants worldwide.

Subaru also announced it was suspending operations at one of its plants in Japan in April due to the parts shortage, resulting in a production cut of around 10,000 vehicles.

GM Korea this week said it would suspend operations at its Incheon No 1 and No 2 plants for a week from 19 April due to the same problem while its Bupyeong No 2 plant has been operating at 50% capacity since early February.

Mitsubishi said it would cut production by 7,500 vehicles at three plants this month as a result of the shortage, in Aichi and Okayama prefectures in Japan and Chonburi in Thailand.

MMC said it was trying to secure more chip supplies to maintain output levels and to avoid further production cutbacks in May. The company had already cut output by 4,000 vehicles in March because of the shortage.

The company had also been affected by a fire last month at a semiconductor factory in Japan owned by Renesas Electronics Corporation which had made an already tight supply situation worse.

The automaker produced 854,000 vehicles worldwide last year.