MILAN (Reuters) – Production at the Stellantis plant in Italy that is making light commercial vehicles will be halted next week due to a shortage of semiconductors, a spokesman for the automaker said on Friday, confirming a statement from the trade union.
“I can confirm that production at the Sevel factory will be suspended next week due to the supplier’s chip shortage,” the spokesman said.
Automakers, increasingly dependent on electronic components, face stiff competition from the consumer electronics industry for chip delivery, hit by a series of supply chain problems during the pandemic.
In July, Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares warned that the semiconductor shortage could drag on into next year.
The national trade union Fiom-Cgil said earlier this Friday that it was informed that the global shortage of the electronic component was about to impact other factories in the Stellantis group besides Pomigliano, starting with Sevel.
He said that the expectation was that production in Pomigliano would restart, but it was still paralyzed.
“It’s clear that the effects of supply shortages can impact workers at all the other factories, like Melfi,” the union said.
(Reporting by Stephen Jewkes)
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