According to a communication addressed to “employees and partners” of Autoeuropa, the cancellation of all shifts in those two days “due to the lack of `job stopper´ components (components without which it is not possible to produce)”.In practice, in keeping with the schedule foreseen at this time, car production at the Palmela plant should resume at 00:00 on June 30, but there will be a new stop that covers all shifts on the 3rd and 4th of June. July, again due to lack of semiconductors.
The Volkswagen group company located in Palmela, in the district of Setúbal, started a production stop on June 18th, which was supposed to last until June 28th, but ended up extending this stoppage until 00:00 on June 30th, which now follows a new two-day production stop.
On June 18, Autoeuropa’s management also admitted the possibility of entering into a lay-off, if it were forced to make new production stops due to the lack of semiconductors, as is already happening.
The lack of semiconductors is due to the difficulties of suppliers in countries like Malaysia, which are prolonging containment measures due to the covid-19 pandemic.
In 2020, according to data from the Volkswagen group company, the car plant in Palmela produced a total of 192 thousand cars, less than 70,000 than expected, due to the pandemic and the lack of semiconductors.
Autoeuropa, also according to information disclosed by the company of the German Volkswagen group, represents 1.4% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and 4.7% of Portuguese exports.
Source: Jornal de Negócios by www.jornaldenegocios.pt.
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