Global car shortages hit the automotive industry

More and more car manufacturers are having difficulty supplying parts for electronic components in new vehicles, especially control chips – the situation has now become so severe in some manufacturers and regions that some plants have had to shut down for the first time after the coronavirus pandemic stops production.

The global chip shortage press reports says it is fundamentally shaking the entire industry, leaving the Volkswagen Group, Ford, Fiat Chrysler, Nissan and Toyota with supply problems alike. In the absence of a better way, manufacturers are trying to deal with the situation by temporarily reallocating production, reducing production volumes of less well-sold types, or even stopping production altogether so that they can serve the market with at least higher-volume pull products.

However, experts say the problem could be seen months ago, when carmakers shut down production globally at the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic earlier last year and reduced their component orders in parallel. Some of the chips used for increasingly advanced on-board electronics, engine controllers, infotainment systems and driving assistance solutions are universal solutions (such as a Bluetooth control chip) that have grown significantly in other industries (PCs and smartphones) in the meantime. which chip manufacturers primarily serve their customers.

For carmakers, the situation is aggravated by the fact that while production and demand for new vehicles fell sharply in the first half of last year and picked up again at the end of the year, sales of electric and hybrid powertrains however, mostly complex control circuits are required.

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