Production Stoppages Due To Lack Of Electronic Components

Production Stoppages Due To Lack Of Electronic Components

Some factories, such as those of Stellantis in Galicia and Renault in Valladolid and Palencia, have to stop production from time to time due to the shortage of electric plates.

Some factories, such as those of Stellantis in Galicia and Renault in Valladolid and Palencia, have to stop production from time to time due to the shortage of electric plates.

The year has not started well for the automobile industry in Spain. The effects of the pandemic, the great snowfall in January in some parts of the country and now the lack of electrical components. All in a context in which registrations have fallen by 50% in the first month of the year.

The only “green shoot” in our industry is production and export, and it is precisely that which is now affected by the lack of microchips or semiconductors, a crucial element in today’s cars. This, for example, has forced Renault to have to schedule shutdowns in some shifts of the body and assembly factories in Valladolid and in the Palencia engine factories during the first two weeks of March.

This problem also affects the Stellantis plants, the company born from the merger between the PSA and FCA Groups, which it owns in Vigo and Figueruelas, which in fact have already had to stop some shifts during the past weekend and are not ruled out new settings.

The problem is not exclusive to Spain, but is global, since the high demand for microchips from Asia has collapsed from suppliers and production has also had to be stopped at some plants in Germany, Italy or France.

Faced with this situation, the European Union is considering promoting the production of microchips in Europe and not depending so much on Asia, especially Taiwan and South Korea, which not only have to respond to the demand for microchips for cars, but also to the vast amounts of electronic devices currently on the market.

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