Jeep, Fiat output at Italian plant to remain idle due to lack of microchips

Automotive Industry

Source: Automotive News Europe, 2021-08-31

Stellantis will extend by one week to 13 September a planned production stoppage at its Melfi plant in southern Italy due to a global microchip shortage, FIM-CISL union said on 31 August.

The output freeze at Melfi, one of the automaker's largest plants in Italy, comes after Stellantis on 30 August said it was extending production halts at several plants in Europe due to a shortage of microchips. The Jeep Renegade and Compass, and the Fiat 500X SUVs, are built at Melfi.

"The company has confirmed to unions that the delay was due to a semiconductor shortage on international markets," FIM-CISL said in a statement.

Production at Melfi has been stopped since mid-August, including a two-week summer holiday period.

Stellantis reiterated the semiconductor shortage was affecting the whole automotive industry. "From the beginning of the COVID crisis, we drive our activity daily, plant by plant, by adapting our industrial activity to the automotive market trends, and by taking into account the different situations we are facing," the automaker said in a statement.

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