The Swedish truck builder Scania is once again partly shutting down its factories in Zwolle and Meppel due to shortages of chips. A spokesperson for the company confirmed this after reporting by RTV Drenthe.
It is the second time that the truck builder has had to shut down the production lines in a short time.
The problems are expected to last for a week, but that is not certain. Scania keeps its staff, around 3,000 in total, at work as much as possible. But people may be sent home. The spokesman calls the problems extra wry because Scania’s order book is actually full.
Earlier, Scania was forced to close the factories a week before the summer holidays due to the problems with the deliveries of chips. The factories are usually closed for four weeks in the summer. However, due to the closure, the holidays started a week earlier for most employees and also lasted a week longer.
In Zwolle, normally, about two hundred trucks a day roll off the production line. In Meppel, among other things, trucks are sprayed.
Scania is certainly not the only car group that temporarily shut down production lines due to chip shortages. For example, VDL Nedcar in Born also had to shut down the production of cars several times. VDL builds several models of the Mini and the BMW X1 for BMW.
In addition, car manufacturers such as Ford, Toyota, Daimler, Mitsubishi, Jaguar Land Rover and General Motors (GM) are also experiencing production disruptions.