After Dacia suspended the car production in its Mioveni plant at the beginning of February for several days, the Romanian branch of the American carma ...
by Romanian Reporter - Monday, February 8, 2021 11:12 AM
The French carmaker Groupe Renault announced last Friday that the production of cars will be suspended during this week at several factories, due to a worldwide shortage of semiconductors. The affected plants are one from France, another one from Morocco, and Dacia's plant from Mioveni, Romania.
According to Raluca Turcan, the minister of Labor and Social Protection, the suspension of production will affect 50-60% of the overall factory activities and about 8.000 workers.
In this context, she declared that the government will accelerate the implementation of several provisions to the labor laws regarding the flexibility of the work reduction in cases such as Dacia's, with the goal of helping the companies keep the jobs.
Some of the amendments mentioned by Turcan:
The COVID-19 pandemic led to an increase in demand for semiconductors, utilized in various electronic equipment, such as laptops or phones, thus the semiconductors are struggling to fulfill the orders. Additionally, some Chinese manufacturers are affected by the U.S sanctions imposed by the former Trump administration.
The semiconductors affected other carmakers as well. Also last Friday, Stellantis, the new car manufacturer formed after the merger of French PSA and Italian Fiat Chrysler, decided to suspend the production at the Eisenach (Germany) factory, of Opel cars, and in Zaragoza (Spain), of Citroen and Opel cars.
General Motors, Ford, Toyota Motor Corp, Honda Motor, and Volkswagen are all facing a shortage of chips used in engine management and driver-assistance systems, which mainly come from Asia and especially Taiwan, according to Reuters.
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