European automakers Renault and Stellantis, which includes the brands Opel, Citroen, Alfa Romeo and others, will once again suspend production at their Spanish plants due to continued chip shortages, Reuters reported, citing union representatives.
In the case of Renault in the region of Castile and León, one plant will be completely closed on Saturdays, while the other will reduce the number of shifts. Stellanis will eliminate weekend night shifts at its facility in the north of the country.
“In February they stopped production for fifteen days. A shortage of supplies could mean new plant closures at any moment,” a Stellantis union spokesman told Reuters.
The shortage of microchips in the global market is due to the consequences of the pandemic with increased demand for these products, which are used in various technologies from computers to cars, and rapidly growing demand from automakers.
Earlier it was reported about the temporary closure of lines at eight Toyota plants in Japan due to lack of spare parts, which affected about 30,000 workers.