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ASEAN auto parts hub buckles under virus outbreaks

Supply chain disruptions force Japanese carmakers to scramble across the globe

A dearth of auto parts from Southeast Asia is forcing Toyota to cut production. (Photo courtesy of Toyota)

SINGAPORE/HANOI -- Coronavirus outbreaks tearing through Southeast Asia have triggered a wave of production cuts at automotive suppliers, with the ripple effect shutting down assembly plants far beyond the region.

Swiss chipmaker STMicroelectronics was informed this month that a factory in the southern Malaysian state of Johor would have to suspend operations. More than 200 workers have been infected, according to local authorities. The facility has been halted on and off since July.

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