DrThe failure of a supplier after the floods in Slovenia is causing more and more failures at Volkswagen. After plants in Portugal and Hanover, the main plant in Wolfsburg has now also announced that it will cut production from mid-September. The group now wants to get the problem under control quickly. A plan will be drawn up by the end of September on how to proceed, purchasing director Dirk Gross-Löhide announced at the IAA Mobility trade fair in Munich. “The problem was resolved at the end of the year.”
These bottlenecks were caused by floods in Slovenia, which affected a supplier of engine parts. These are the sprockets for combustion engines, Gross Lohide said. So the resource is currently unable to produce. In order to bridge this gap, production is now being ramped up through alternative suppliers.
Volkswagen wants to keep the affected supplier
However, Volkswagen wants to keep the supplier affected by the flood. “This is an excellent resource,” Gross-Loheid said. “Of course we want to keep it.” Volkswagen is supporting the supplier, which has just 250 employees, with cleaning work and restarting production. Only 100 employees were sent to Slovenia from the Volkswagen engine plant in Salzgitter, and another 30 from the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles company in Hanover.
Because of the missing parts, Volkswagen has already had to cut production. In Wolfsburg, individual shifts will be canceled from September 11, and in Hanover the production of combustion models will be canceled for several weeks. The plant in Palmela, near Lisbon, will be completely shut down for two months from September 11th.
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