(Reuters) – Semiconductor shortages and the delayed packaging and testing of the chips will trigger manufacturing of world gentle autos to drop by 5 million this 12 months, information agency IHS Markit stated on Thursday, marking the largest lower to its outlook in 9 months.

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FILE PHOTO: Engine casting blocks, utilized in a wide range of Basic Motors vehicles, vehicles and crossovers, transfer down the meeting line on the GM Romulus Powertrain plant in Romulus,

Citing provide chain challenges, IHS stated it was reducing its gentle automobile manufacturing forecast by 6.2% for 2021 and 9.3% for 2022, to face at 75.8 million items and 82.6 million items, respectively.

Packaging and testing operations inside the semiconductor sector in Malaysia had been impacted as a result of authorities’s lockdown measures in early June, IHS stated, compounding difficulties in an already constrained provide chain.

“Our interpretation of the state of affairs in Malaysia, which is liable for 13% of the worldwide provide of semiconductors for the automotive business, has turn into extra pessimistic,” IHS stated.

“The 2-and-a-half-month backlog that has constructed up since June will take time to clear and is anticipated to increase properly into 2022.”

Automakers from Basic Motors to Japan’s Toyota have slashed output and gross sales forecasts as a consequence of scarce chip provides, made worse by a COVID-19 resurgence in key Asian semiconductor manufacturing hubs.

IHS stated the semiconductor snafus have resulted in misplaced manufacturing of 1.44 million items within the first quarter and an additional 2.6 million items within the second quarter.

Presently, losses within the quarter are operating at 3.1 million items and rising, practically double its earlier forecast.

“The outlook for This autumn now displays heightened threat as challenges to the availability chain – primarily semiconductors – stay entrenched.”

(Reporting by Rithika Krishna and Sanjana Shivdas in Bengaluru; Modifying by Krishna Chandra Eluri)