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Chip shortage: 10,000 BMW cars cannot be built

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Production in several plants and with contract manufacturers
affected, also at Magna Steyr in Graz. This and coming
Week there are production downtimes.

The lack of chips is causing problems for the Bavarian car manufacturer BMW. In almost all German plants, in the mini-plant in Oxford, UK, and at contract manufacturers, there will be production downtimes this week and next, a spokeswoman said on Tuesday. The plants in Regensburg, Dingolfing, Leipzig, Oxford and the production facilities of Magna Steyr in Graz and VDL are affected.

As a result, more than 10,000 cars could not be produced at the moment. In some cases, one-shift operation applies, and in some cases work is only carried out on individual days. At the main plant in Munich, production is going according to plan.

How long the bottlenecks lasted is currently unclear, said the spokeswoman. From August onwards, regular production interruptions are scheduled for the German plants anyway, which are used annually for maintenance of the production facilities or for renovations.

The corona wave in Malaysia is also contributing to the chip shortage. The Asian country is an important location for the chip industry. In Malaysia, the number of new infections and the number of deaths recently reached record highs. Malaysia had ordered a shutdown in the fight against the disease. In this context, chip manufacturers such as Infineon had to shut down factories on a daily basis at the beginning of June.

So far, BMW has been less affected by the global shortage of chips than competitors such as Mercedes-Benz or Audi, who had to stop the production line several times and register short-time work. But the Munich-based company had also occasionally adjusted the production program. Just two weeks ago, BMW announced that the supply situation with semiconductor components would remain tense. Effects on the sales situation in the further course of the year cannot be ruled out. In the second quarter, BMW left the Corona crisis behind with strong sales growth.

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