Bottlenecks in the supply of semiconductors continue to keep the industry in suspense. Automobile manufacturers, for example, have already had to cut back their production. A production capacity like before Corona has not yet been reached – that could take some time.
According to VW brand boss Ralf Brandstätter, the bottlenecks in the supply of important electronic parts could keep the auto industry busy for longer. “I think the situation will definitely remain tense,” he told the financial news agency dpa-AFX and the German press agency. During the peak of the corona crisis in the automotive industry last year, semiconductor manufacturers relocated their supplies to other industries. Finally, there were also problems with chip producers themselves.
Due to the shortage, several car manufacturers had to cancel shifts and cut production. However, under the old full load as before the pandemic, operations in many places did not yet run like this – hygiene and distance rules must continue to be observed. Corona should continue to shape the world of work afterwards, says Brandstätter.
Production hampered by snowstorm in Texas and fire in Japan
Regarding the situation with the semiconductors, he said: “The snowstorm in Texas or the fire at Renesas in Japan – these are large capacities that have not produced for a certain period of time. These effects will certainly still be felt in the next few months.” The procurement task force of the VW group deals “around the clock with nothing else”, it is a “top issue also at board level”. A relaxation can be foreseen from summer: “We are assuming that it will be a little quieter again in the second half of the year.” No components were currently missing in the production of the new ID series.
Where shift failures cannot be avoided, special semiconductor parts are usually involved – “as was the case recently in Emden, then you simply cannot build the Passat.” When it comes to interchangeable parts, VW sets priorities for high-yield models. “The group also weighs up how the allocation is made – very transparently, so that every brand knows what it is about. We drive on sight, you mustn’t lose your nerve too quickly.”
Source: com! professional by www.com-magazin.de.
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