The Czech Volkswagen subsidiary Skoda is suspending production for a short period of time due to the lack of semiconductors in two plants. In the main plant in Mladá Boleslav and in Kvasiny, the assembly lines will stand still for a week from September 27, as spokeswoman Kamila Biddle said on Thursday. Some of the vehicles ordered by customers are thus being delivered late.
The background to the delivery difficulties with the chips are, among other things, increased Covid-19 infection numbers in production countries such as Malaysia, it said. A certain improvement in supply chains is expected by the end of the year. The entire automotive industry is currently suffering from a shortage of semiconductors.
“Lack of chips hurts enormously”
A few days ago, Skoda CEO Thomas Schäfer had the Augsburger Allgemeine said that the Volkswagen subsidiary will not be able to build 100,000 cars this year due to a lack of semiconductors. “The lack of chips hurts enormously, also because the demand for our cars is still very high,” said the 51-year-old. Last year, Skoda delivered more than a million vehicles despite the negative consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic.