Seat will close line 3 of the Martorell (Barcelona) plant on June 22 and June due to the lack of global supply of semiconductors that affects the automotive industry, while Stellantis Vigo has also confirmed that it will do so for a few days.
The Spanish brand has agreed internal flexibility measures with union representatives, as reported in a statement. The company had previously agreed to stop on Monday, June 21, after being closed on June 17 and 18, while June 23 and 24 are public holidays.
Seat has stated that it is doing “everything possible” to keep the rest of the production lines open and has not ruled out additional adjustments. Demand for the Seat and Cupra models is currently at pre-COVID levels: “Cupra has already delivered more cars in the first five months of 2021 than in the whole of 2020,” the company stressed.
For its part, the plant of the Stellantis group (PSA and Fiat Chrysler) in Vigo has confirmed this Friday that it will suspend its production again some days next week due to the same problem.
The factory management has informed the staff that system 1 (which uses the Peugeot 301, the Peugeot 2008 and the C-Elysée) will not work on Monday 21 or Tuesday 22 June. The day shifts of this system will be incorporated on Wednesday, and will stop again on Thursday, June 24, while the night shift, for its part, will also stop on the 23rd and will rejoin the activity on Thursday 24.
In addition, system 2 (which assembles the vans) will normally work on June 21, 22 and 23, until the night shift, which will have no activity, as well as the day shifts on the 24th.
The two systems of the Vigo plant were stopped last Sunday and Monday of this week, resuming production on Tuesday. These shutdowns and those that are foreseen, are added to the many others that the factory has suffered since the beginning of the year due to a lack of components that serve suppliers affected by the ‘microchip crisis’.
To face this scenario, Stellantis Vigo has an ERTE agreed with the majority of the works council (except the CIG and CUT unions), which contemplates the regulation of permanent full-time workers for a maximum of 60 days, and which is in force until the end of the year.