After the microprocessors, a very high-tech product that is manufactured in laboratories where contact between the operator and the product is impossible, it is now the wiring, which is made only by hand, to block important automotive industries with their shortage. From BMW comes the news that the lines of the largest European plant, that of Dingolfing in Germany, will remain idle for a week due to a lack of supplies from Ukraine.
The same thing, reports the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (Faz), will happen at the other site in Munich, and there will be repercussions – albeit to a lesser extent – in the Mini plant in Oxford and in the Steyr plant in Austria where engines are built.
To create this ‘bottleneck’ in the flow of automotive supplies – reads Faz – was the closure of the Leoni factories in the Ukrainian cities of Stryji and Kolomyja, where up to a week ago, about 7,000 employees produced wiring for cars. Problems related to the ongoing invasion are penalizing, or completely blocking, other international suppliers based in Ukraine, including Nexans, Yazaki, Sumitomo, Aptiv and Kromberg & Schubert.
Already in recent days, the Volkswagen Group had announced, also sending a letter to employees, programs to reduce or suspend production in various factories due to the shortage of components from Ukraine. and ordered part-time jobs at its Dresden and Zwickau factories.
In addition to the main plant in Wolfsburg – which will only produce to a limited extent from next week – the industrial sites in Dresden, Zwickau, the commercial vehicle factory in Hanover and probably also the Emden plant are affected. “Our task force – specified Volkswagen in the letter which Faz saw – continues to work on cross-divisional and cross-brand solutions”.