A new report claims that Daimler will be reducing production at three Mercedes-Benz facilities in Germany and temporarily halting outputs at Hungary. The reason for this is related to the current shortage of semiconductors.
According to information sourced from Automotive News Europe, the manufacturer has implemented short-time working shifts for employees at the brand’s Sindelfingen, Rastatt and Bremen plants in Germany.
Production in Rastatt will be reduced until the end of next week while Sindelfingen and Bremen will be restricted until the end of next week. The Kecskemet factory in Hungary, where most of its compact cars are built, will not produce cars for the next three weeks until mid-August.
Commenting on the situation, Daimler says that it cannot give a prediction as to when the supply shortage of needed semiconductor components will be resolved.
“The situation is still volatile and we are permanently reevaluating what this means for Mercedes-Benz production,” a Daimler spokeswoman told the publication.
In Sindelfingen, production has only been stopped in some areas as Mercedes-Benz will continue to build its highly profitable large luxury cars such as the S-Class, Mercedes-Maybach S-Class and the EQS full-electric sedan. Production of these cars has not impacted.
“The Mercedes-EQ electric offensive remains a top priority,” the spokeswoman concluded.
Earlier this year, Daimler revealed that the semiconductor shortage had a negative impact on deliveries in the first quarter this year and was likely to further impact sales in the second quarter. A leading analyst in the field further confirmed that the effects of this crisis would be seen over the course of 2022’s production cycle.
Earlier this month, BMW stated that the crisis was reaching a critical stage with it having lost output of around 30 000 units so far this year, with more to follow as production was still being halted at various factories around the world, on a daily or individual shift basis.