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ASEAN supply chains disrupted as delta variant surges

Automotive and electronics sectors feel pinch from latest COVID outbreaks

COVID-19 outbreaks have forced Toyota to suspend operations at all three of its factories in Thailand. (Photo by Yohei Muramatsu)

BANGKOK/TOKYO -- Coronavirus outbreaks across Southeast Asia fueled by the delta variant are squeezing business activities in the region and disrupting global supply chains.

Toyota was forced to suspend operations at all three of its factories in Thailand in phases starting July 20. The decision followed surges in COVID-19 cases among suppliers, leaving the Japanese automaker unable to procure parts. A timeline for a restart remains uncertain.

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