Production continues in fits and starts for the group Daimler due to the chip crisis. The German giant that controls Mercedes has announced new reductions in work rates at its plants in Germany and Hungary to address the shortage of semiconductors. Daimler will stop production next week at its German plants in Bremen and Rastatt and in addition to that of Kecskemet, Hungary, as reported by the German news agency DPA while in the Sindelfingen site only work shifts will be reduced.
The elimination of some shifts at the latter plant should not substantially affect production, he confirms the Daimler trend to concentrate total stops in factories where less profitable models are produced, favoring high-profile cars and directing supplies here. As reported by Automotive News, over 12,000 people are employed in the Bremen plant, around 6,500 in Rastatt, around 4,700 in Kecskemet and 25,000 in Sindelfingen. In particular, Mercedes C-Class and the GLC SUV (in Bremen), A-Class in Rastatt and finally S-Class, E and the new electric EQS in Sindelfingen are produced in the German plants. In Hungary, on the other hand, the B-Class is assembled in Kecskemet. Mercedes and the Daimler group are not the only ones to deal with the semiconductor crisis in recent weeks: in recent days, Volkswagen has also reduced shifts, as has Seat, which has stopped work in Barcelona for two days. The chip situation, which should have improved in the second half of the year, continues to weaken the production pace of the automotive sector globally.