The continuous stoppages in car factories due to the lack of chips are pushing them into inactivity, a situation they view with “enormous concern and despair”
The continuous stoppages in the automobile factories due to the lack of chips take their toll on the auxiliary sectors. An example are
vehicle carriers, which warn that continuous manufacturing disruptions are pushing them into a downturn, which they face “with great concern and despair.”
Manufacturers such as Seat in Martorell, Mercedes in Vitoria, Renault in Valladolid or Stellantis in Vigo and Zaragoza have had to stop their assembly lines. A situation that began to be noticed last December. Since then, around
300,000 cars in Spain. According to a recent report by IHS Markit, the shortage may cause up to 7.1 million units to go out of production worldwide this year.
“The situation of vehicle carriers is dramatic,” warn from Fenadismer, the National Federation of Transport Associations of Spain. In Spain there are about a thousand companies and freelancers, with a fleet of trucks of about
3,900 vehicles. Their situation is also aggravated by the drop in activity suffered last year by the coronavirus pandemic, and by the impossibility of adapting their vehicles to other types of transport than vehicles.
In Spain there are about a thousand companies or freelancers dedicated to the transport of vehicles, with a fleet of 3,900 trucks
In addition, car carriers face higher than average operating costs. According to the Observatory on the Costs of the Transport of Goods by Road published periodically by the Ministry of Transport, the acquisition of the vehicles necessary for its activity exceeds on average the
200,000 euros, 50% more than a conventional road train.
Transportave, the federated sector association in Fenadismer that groups these types of companies, will hold an assembly in September to analyze the situation in the sector and seek lines of action. Carriers also blame other causes apart from the shortage of electrical components. Behind this performance
there could be other economic or strategic interests that would be motivating the slowdown in the production of new vehicles “, they say.