Volkswagen will cut production in Germany in February due to a shortage of microchips

Volkswagen will cut production in Germany in February due to a shortage of microchips

January 28, 2021 0 By autotimesnews

Volkswagen is introducing shorter working hours at its Kassel plant, which supplies components to seven of the group’s brands in 35 countries. The plant produces approximately 3.6 million transmissions and 2.9 million exhaust systems per year.

Problems with the supply of microchips will affect production at some Volkswagen plants in Germany in February.

On Wednesday, representatives of the concern said they had applied to reduce work shifts at their car plant in Wolfsburg on some days of the month. The automaker also said that as a precaution, it is planning to cut working hours at its component factories in Kassel and Brunswick in February. However, this will not affect production in Emden.

“This means that, depending on the supply situation, changes may be made in the production of cars and components in the coming weeks,” VW said in a statement to speedme.ru.

Global automakers are adjusting assembly lines over a semiconductor shortage, which has become a political issue after German Economy Minister Peter Altmeier wrote to his Taiwanese counterpart asking for help on the matter.

VW said it is in talks with its major suppliers Bosch and Continental over possible claims for damages, including for the shortage, which has also affected rivals Ford, Toyota and Nissan. Daimler on Wednesday rejected the idea that automakers were responsible for the shortage, which increased pressure on car suppliers. However, this concern also had to reduce shifts at the plants in Bremen and Rastatt in Germany, and production at the plant in Kecskemét in Hungary will be stopped from 20 to 30 January.