Coronavirus causes a semiconductor crisis. Škoda must also solve the lack of chips

Volkswagen is facing a shortage of semiconductors and will adjust production in China, North America and Europe accordingly in the first quarter of 2021. In addition to VW cars, the failure of component deliveries will also affect Satt, Škoda and, to a limited extent, Audi. The affected models are types built on the MQB platform, such as the Škoda Octavia or VW Golf.

The cause of the crisis is that semiconductor manufacturers used to direct their production to sectors other than the automotive industry, such as consumer electronics, during the coronavirus crisis. The automotive industry, in which production is starting to pick up again, is now lacking in semiconductor recovery.

“We are now experiencing a worldwide shortage of semiconductors,” he said on behalf of the group in the statement Murat Aksel, appointed member of the Group’s Purchasing Board. Leading suppliers have also warned of a shortage of components, Bosch a Continental. At first, the problem was supposed to be mainly about China, but it is becoming a global issue.

And it doesn’t have to be just a moment, according to Continental, it can take six to nine months. “Semiconductor manufacturers have increased capacity due to increased demand, but the required quantity will not be available for six or nine months. This is due to the normal delivery times in this industry,” the company warns.

According to the company, one of the most affected factories within the group is Automotive News Europe the group’s main plant in Wolfsburg, Lower Saxony. Some employees there have been ordered extended leave. Instead of the fourth of January, they will come to work until the eighteenth.

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