Economy: How delivery bottlenecks affect companies in the region

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In the industry, supply bottlenecks for semiconductors continue to cause problems. Companies in the region are also affected. In some cases, employees are sent on short-time work.

They are fine and barely visible to the eye, but are currently causing problems for many companies. The global supply bottlenecks for semiconductors, which are the main component of microchips, as well as other raw materials cause production downtimes and short-time work for manufacturers. It was only at the end of September that the Ifo Institute for Economic Research spoke of the greatest material shortage ever recorded in industry. According to a survey by ifo, 77.4 percent of companies in Germany are currently affected by bottlenecks. That has once again exceeded the previous record of 69.2 percent in August. It is particularly serious in the automotive industry: almost all companies (97 percent) have a pronounced shortage of materials. Companies with electrical equipment (93 percent), the chemical industry (67 percent) and mechanical engineering (89 percent) also report problems. The industry in the region is also currently struggling with delivery bottlenecks.

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