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China’s heat wave has impacted Apple and Toyota suppliers, causing production to halt

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The hot summer weather in China has impacted Apple and Toyota suppliers, with the government ordering most factories to halt production until the end of this week due to planned power outages, according to media reports on Tuesday.

According to Nikkei Asia, China’s Sichuan provincial government has instructed manufacturers, including suppliers to Apple and Toyota Motor, to “suspend production” due to the intense heat wave.

Chengdu is home to Foxconn’s main production base, where iPads and Apple Watches are assembled.

According to the report, which cited sources, the plant has ceased operations, but “impact is not significant at this time”.

BOE Technology Group, which manufactures display panels for Apple and other technology companies, has also closed the plant.

“The government is attempting to secure electricity for daily use, with demand rising sharply due to the scorching summer weather,” according to the government.

According to the report, power restrictions have also been imposed in Chongqing and the provinces of Zhejiang and Jiangsu, raising further concerns about supply chain issues that hit the economy in the second quarter due to Covid lockdowns.

Toyota operates a plant in Chengdu through a joint venture with a Chinese company.

According to the report, it has been ordered to halt operations until August 20.

Last week, China’s National Meteorological Centre issued an orange alert, the second highest level, for high temperatures as an intense heat wave lingers across the country.

High temperatures of over 35 degrees Celsius were expected in parts of Sichuan, Chongqing, Shaanxi, Shandong, Henan, Anhui, Jiangsu, Shanghai, Hubei, Guizhou, Hunan, Jiangxi, Zhejiang, Fujian, Guangxi, Guangdong, and Xinjiang.

Temperatures in Shaanxi, Hubei, and Chongqing may exceed 40 degrees, according to the report.

The Center advised the public to avoid outdoor activities during high-temperature periods and suggested that workers limit their time spent outdoors.

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