Also Stellantis it had to work on shifts in its production plants to react to the shortage of semiconductors, a crisis that is gripping the automotive sector. The new automotive group formed by the merger between FCA and PSA has decided, according to several French media reports, that the Rennes plant will be shut down for a week, while the Sochaux plant will partially shut down.
The announcement was made by the unions, according to reports from the AFP agency: “The Rennes plant will close tomorrow evening (Friday) for a week. This will happen due to a supply problem related to a supplier in Malaysia that has to close due to Covid cases.“. The same supplier is also linked to other manufacturers, such as Ford. The management of the Rennes factory has assured that it has made an appointment with the employees on August 27 for the resumption or not of the activity the following week. The lack of security is linked to the resumption of Malaysian activity, but also to the timing of the next supply and related shipments.
For the union, this stop is “a severe blow to employees after holidays”. In fact, there was the hope that “semiconductor stocks at suppliers allowed to pass the month of September without being too impacted by non-working sessions“.
The PSA plant in Rennes-La Janais, according to Capital reports, “usually produces 400 vehicles per day, most notably Citroën C5 Aircross and Peugeot 5008“. The Sochaux plant, on the other hand, takes care of the models
Peugeot 308, Peugeot 3008, Opel Grandland X and Peugeot 5008. In this case the production could be delayed but the temporary ‘closure’ like in Rennes has not been confirmed. The stop will be for three days and only ‘partial’ as BFM and Reuters also report. “We are looking at the situation day by day, plant by plant, taking into account the global contextA spokesperson for Stellantis told Reuters. The Sochaux plant had already been shut down for nearly three weeks last spring.