The automaker Tuesday Stellantis announced the suspension of production in Vienna, Austria, from 18 October to 31 December, a cause of the global lack of chips. “The entire global automotive industry is in an exceptional situation due to the current health crisis of COVID-19”, justified in a press release the giant resulting from the merger of PSA (Peugeot, Citroën, Opel) and FCA (Fiat, Chrysler automobiles).
“Production will resume on January 2, 2022 and there is a partial unemployment solution for employees in order to make the social disruption acceptable,” he said. In the factory in the Austrian capital, they produce for Alfa Romeo, Citroën, Fiat, Jeep, Lancia, Opel and Peugeot, about 460 people are employed.
The semiconductor crisis is starting to weigh heavily on auto workers who are reducing unemployment measures in several countries, including Germany. The lack of electronic components is linked to a very strong demand for more and more loaded cars electronic systems.
However, in the context of an upturn in activity, manufacturers are competing with other greedy industries – computers, smartphones – that capture these parts, which are mostly manufactured in Asia. The German auto market experienced a new black September with fewer than 200,000 vehicles sold, unprecedented in 30 years, while car sales in the UK continued to decline, down by 34.4 percent to the original level. shortage of semiconductors. We will therefore see how the situation in Austria will evolve for the automotive group of CEO Carlos Tavares.
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