Audi and Volvo suspend production in Belgium

Audi and Volvo suspend production in Belgium

June 18, 2021 0 By autotimesnews

Audi and Volvo are temporarily suspending car production in Belgium. The reason, as elsewhere in the world, is the lack of microcircuits.

Both Audi and Volvo are struggling with production in Belgium due to a global shortage of chips in the automotive industry. Audi’s Brussels plant will be shut down on Thursday and Friday, while Volvo’s Swedish plant in Ghent will be closed next week. Audi expects the chip supply situation to remain uncertain in the coming months, so further production adjustments cannot be ruled out.

“But it looks like the crisis has reached its bottom. We expect improvement in the second half of the year, ”says an Audi representative in Brussels.

According to the European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA), chip shortages have slowed production of half a million vehicles worldwide. The organization believes the effects of the deficit will be felt until 2022, although the worst appears to be over. CLEPA calls for a European solution to the deficit. According to the association, the European auto industry gets 60 to 70% of the chips it needs from China and Taiwan.