The two major motorcycle brands in the country, Honda and Yamaha, are both experiencing a semiconductor chip crisis. The scarcity of these components has disrupted motorcycle production, so it cannot meet market demand. The question is, what part does the semiconductor chip affect?
PT Astra Honda Motor (AHM) announced the delay in the distribution of Honda motorbikes due to the scarcity of semiconductor chip supplies that hit the world. Semiconductors are an important component for a number of industries, including automotive. Without semiconductor chips, motors cannot be produced perfectly.
“Thank you to consumers who have chosen Honda motorbikes as driving partners and have been patient in waiting for the arrival of their dream motorbike. We apologize for making you wait longer. Currently we are trying to overcome this problem to fulfill the wishes of loyal Honda motorbike consumers as well as possible. This is our commitment, as we have done so far to always provide the best products and services for our consumers in Indonesia according to the spirit of One Heart,” wrote AHM in its official statement (31/5/2022).
Previously PT Yamaha Indonesia Motor Manufacturing (YIMM) had also made a similar statement, in which the scarcity of semiconductor chips disrupted the production of motorbikes in Indonesia.
Executive Vice President & COO of YIMM, Dyonisius Beti, explained to what extent the scarcity of semiconductor chips has affected Yamaha’s production in Indonesia. According to Dyon, the semiconductor chip is an important component in motors related to electricity. So parts such as digital instrument panels, keyless systems, and smartphone connectivity systems cannot function without this semiconductor chip.
“Especially on Maxi, Yamaha’s technology is sophisticated, uses a microchip, and has a connective function, keyless. So all of this can’t increase its capacity. It’s reduced a little, but it’s starting to recover. So the level is par Yes, same as last year. Can’t go up, waiting for semiconductor production capacity to increase,” Dyon told reporters at the JIExpo Kemayoran arena, Jakarta (27/5/2022).
Dyon himself cannot say how long the shortage of semiconductor chips will last. But if you can make predictions, the scarcity of semiconductor chips is likely to continue until the end of 2022.
“We have information that their investment (semiconductor chip manufacturers) has been completed, all that remains is to run the production machines. Maybe not that long, until the end of this year,” Dyon explained.