Due to a shortage of microchips, the Opel plant in Eisenach closes until the end of the year | Automotive news in Germany | DW

Due to the interruptions in the supply chain that have been going on for many months supply of microchips Automaker Opel is forced to temporarily stop production at its plant in Eisenach, Germany. Work will be suspended from next week and, if supply chains recover, will resume in early 2022, a company spokesman said on Thursday, September 30.

At the time of the cessation of production, 1,300 workers at the plant in Eisenach (Thuringian federal state), where the compact crossover Grandland X is produced, will be transferred to a reduced working day.

The company explained this step as an exceptional situation in which the global automotive industry is due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the shortage of semiconductors around the world.

Global Chip Shortage

The French concern Stellantis, which includes Opel, explained to AFP that decisions to close factories would be made at the local level. Due to a shortage of microchips, the concern has already had to temporarily close several factories in France this summer.

Automotive industry more than other sectors of the economy hit by a global semiconductor shortage. Due to the crisis in the supply of chips, the German automakers Volkswagen, Daimler and BMW have previously been forced to stop production for several days or weeks and transfer their employees to reduced working hours. Last week, consulting firm Alix Partners warned that due to shortages microchips 7.7 million cars will not be produced this year in the world.

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