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Lack Of Japanese Parts Disrupts Opel's Production

A spokesman for General Motors Co.'s European subsidiary Opel says a shortage of electronic parts from Japan will force the company to halt car production at two plants.

BERLIN (AP) -- A spokesman for General Motors Co.'s European subsidiary Opel says a shortage of electronic parts from Japan will force the company to halt car production at two plants next week.

Stefan Weinmann said Friday two of three shifts will be canceled at a plant in Eisenach, Germany on Monday and Tuesday. Another plant in Zaragoza, Spain will remain closed on Monday. The plants produce the Corsa compact car.

The company says a manufacturer in Japan cannot supply electronic parts needed in production due to the earthquake and the tsunami that have struck the country a week ago.

Weinmann declined to specify what parts were missing.

In the U.S., GM said Thursday a shortage of parts from Japan will force it to halt production at its pickup plant in Shreveport, Louisiana, next week.
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