Chip Shortage

The semiconductors (microchip) crisis hit Europe in December 2020 and since then has been disrupting production in several industries, including automotive. In fact, semiconductors are widely used in vehicle production and they are particularly present in electric vehicles.

ECG is monitoring the latest news on the topic and recently published a Press release and two Business Intelligence Reports.

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Auto forecaster cuts outlook by most since chip shortages emerged

Source: Automotive News Europe, 2021-09-17

IHS Markit, whose production projections are cited by automakers, suppliers and research analysts the world over, just took its biggest chop yet to estimates that have been falling all year due to the…

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Infineon opens Austrian chip plant ahead of schedule

Source: Automotive News Europe, 2021-09-17

Infineon Technologies opened a €1…

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Europe’s car sales go from uninspiring to ugly amid chip crunch

Source: Automotive News Europe, 2021-09-16

Auto sales are deteriorating in Europe, with months of meek recovery giving way to deliveries that no longer even measure up to last year’s pandemic-depressed results…

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VW’s SEAT to Extend Assembly Curbs in Spain Into 2022 on Chip Shortage

Source: US News, 2021-09-16

Volkswagen’s Spanish unit SEAT plans to extend partial car assembly suspensions at its plants near Barcelona well into 2022 because of global semiconductor supply bottlenecks, the company said in…

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Infineon plant downed by power outage in Germany could worsen chip shortage

Source: Automotive News Europe, 2021-09-16

One of German auto chipmaker Infineon Technologies’ most important manufacturing sites was forced to shut down after a power outage, potentially exacerbating a global semiconductor supply crunch…

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Mercedes sees sales stabilising by year-end despite chip turmoil

Source: Automotive News Europe, 2021-09-15

The German automaker is pushing to retain its profitability level even as some costs such as travel expenses creep back up once the pandemic eases…

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EU wants ‘Chips Act’ to rival US

Source: Politico, 2021-09-15

The European Commission “will present a European Chips Act” to catch up with world leaders on the design and production of microchips, its President Ursula von der Leyen said on 15 September…

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In the waiting room: how the chip crunch is now hitting dealer sales

Source: Automotive Logistics, 2021-09-13

As semiconductor shortages hit production, most OEMs were able to satisfy demand by running down inventory, but worsening supply shortages are starting to choke off new vehicle registrations, with imp…

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Toyota cuts output again on shortage of chips, parts

Source: Automotive News Europe, 2021-09-10

Toyota will slash global production again in October by 330,000 units, as the pandemic and global shortage of automotive microchips continue to bite…

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Semiconductor crisis overshadows big car show

Source: Politico, 2021-09-06

One of Europe’s biggest car shows got underway on 6 September attempting to put a positive spin on an industry clobbered by the pandemic, but there’s another huge shadow over any revival…

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Intel to set aside production in Ireland for auto chips

Source: Automotive News Europe, 2021-09-08

Intel will dedicate production at its plant in Ireland for the manufacture of chips for automakers as the company pushes into a growing market currently buffeted by shortages that have crippled vehicl…

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Microchip shortage – economic impact worse than Covid – Unpredictability of new crisis threatens survival of vehicle logistics sector

Source: ECG , 2021-09-08

The Finished Vehicle Logistics (FVL) industry faces major new challenges…

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Gartner lays out how OEMs can navigate the global chip shortage

Source: Automotive Logistics, 2021-09-06

The semiconductor shortage is hitting automotive production around the world and that disruption is going to continue into 2022…

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Mercedes, VW, BMW warn chip shortage could last until 2023

Source: Automotive News Europe, 2021-09-05

The global semiconductor shortage may not entirely go away in 2022 and could take until 2023 to be resolved Executives said at the IAA Munich auto show…

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Daimler expects ‘significant’ Q3 sales hit from chip shortage

Source: Automotive News Europe, 2021-09-02

Daimler expects significantly lower sales of Mercedes cars through the end of September due to the ongoing chip shortage…

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

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…

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Chip crunch hits Suzuki’s Hungary production

Source: Automotive News Europe, 2021-08-31

Suzuki will halt production at its factory in Hungary for two weeks in September due to a global shortage of microchips…

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Renault to extend Spanish output curbs on chip shortage

Source: Automotive News Europe, 2021-08-31

Renault will extend partial stoppages at its three assembly plants in Spain to the end of the year because of the global shortage of microchips…

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Production halted at PSA, Opel, Fiat plants on chip shortage

Source: Automotive News Europe, 2021-08-30

Stellantis is extending production halts at plants in Europe due to a shortage of microchips…

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Daimler cuts production as chip shortage bites

Source: Automotive News Europe, 2021-08-27

Daimler is extending reduced working schedules at Mercedes-Benz factories in Germany and Hungary as the global shortage of semiconductors continues to impact automakers…

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Stellantis will halt ouput at Europe’s biggest van plant on chip shortage

Source: Automotive News Europe, 2021-08-27

Production at Stellantis’s Sevel plant in Italy, which makes light commercial vehicles for Fiat, Peugeot and Citroen, will be halted due to a shortage of chips…

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GM changes strategy in the scramble for secure battery and chip supply

Source: Automotive Logistics, 2021-08-26

General Motors is looking for supplier partnerships and digital tools to secure the localised supply of semiconductors and lithium-ion batteries in North America, currently two of the most critical pr…

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Covid costs Toyota 40% production loss in September

Source: Automotive Logistics, 2021-08-24

Parts shortages caused by the spread of Covid-19 in South-East Asia, compounded by ongoing semiconductor shortages, have forced Toyota to cut September’s global production by 40%…

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Volvo to idle Gothenburg plant again over chip shortage

Source: Automotive News Europe, 2021-08-23

Volvo Cars will halt production at its Swedish plant in Torslanda, on the outskirts of Gothenburg, during next week due to the shortage of semiconductor chips, the automaker said…

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VW’s Seat partly halts output due to chip shortage

Source: Automotive News Europe, 2021-08-23

Volkswagen Group’s Spanish brand Seat has partly halted car assembly at its Martorell plant near Barcelona due to the global semiconductor supply bottleneck, the company said…

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VW cuts output at Wolfsburg plant as chip shortage bites

Source: Automotive News Europe, 2021-08-20

Volkswagen Group plants are set for a bumpy restart after the traditional summer break as the car industry remains in the grip of a chip shortage that most recently engulfed Toyota…

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Ford will cut output again at Cologne plant on chip shortages

Source: Automotive News Europe, 2021-08-19

Ford has cut production again at its Cologne plant in Germany due to delivery problems with semiconductors, the automaker said…

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VW says chip crunch may cause further production cuts

Source: Automotive News Europe, 2021-08-20

Volkswagen may need to cut production further due to a semiconductor supply crunch, the automaker said…

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Stellantis says chip crunch will hit output at two French car plants

Source: Automotive News Europe, 2021-08-20

Stellantis said it will halt production at its plant in Rennes, western France, next week due to a global chip shortage…

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Material shortages are forcing a supply chain rethink in automotive

Source: Automotive Logistics, 2021-08-19

Widespread shortages in range of materials used to make cars are impacting production but OEMs and suppliers are responding by accelerating the development of alternative closed-loop supply chains…

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Geely warns COVID-19, chip shortage pose ‘significant threat’ to earnings

Source: Automotive News Europe, 2021-08-18

China’s Geely Automobile Holdings said its first-half net profit grew 4%, as sales in the world’s biggest auto market recover from COVID-19 pandemic lows…

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Musk calls Renesas and Bosch’s chip supply ‘problematic’

Source: Automotive News Europe, 2021-08-12

Tesla CEO Elon Musk called out two of the world’s biggest suppliers of automotive chips for inhibiting the electric-car maker’s production…

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Volvo halts production at Swedish plant on chips shortage

Source: Automotive News Europe, 2021-08-12

Volvo Cars will temporarily stop production at its Swedish plant near Gothenburg due to the shortage of semiconductor chips…

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Continental cuts 2021 vehicle production outlook on chips crunch

Source: Automotive News Europe, 2021-08-06

Continental cut its growth forecast for the production of passenger and light commercial vehicles in 2021 due to a chip supply crunch it sees persisting throughout the year…

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Infineon production outages compound chip supply crunch

Source: Automotive News Europe, 2021-08-05

Chipmaker Infineon Technologies said production outages at two of its plants had hit deliveries to core automotive clients, as the auto industry battles the worst supply crunch in three decades…

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British car manufacturing recovery hampered by ‘pingdemic’ and chip shortages

Source: Automotive Logistics, 2021-08-03

UK vehicle production and exports are rising from pandemic lows, but the sector is facing serious challenges in supply chain bottlenecks and labour shortages because of the ne…

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BMW posts strong Q2 earnings but warns on chip shortage

Source: Automotive News Europe, 2021-08-03

BMW raised its profit forecast for 2021 after strong quarterly results, but warned that the global semiconductor shortage and rising raw materials prices would impact its performance in the second hal…

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French sales fall 35% in July on chip shortage, COVID

Source: Automotive News Europe, 2021-08-02

Volkswagen Group’s top three brands have pointed to an ongoing shortage of automotive chips that could intensify in the coming months, highlighting the industry’s difficulty in tackling the is…

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Porsche, Audi, VW brands flag chip risk in months ahead

Source: Automotive News Europe, 2021-08-02

Volkswagen Group’s top three brands have pointed to an ongoing shortage of automotive chips that could intensify in the coming months, highlighting the industry’s difficulty in tackling the is…

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UK production rises 31% in first half but sector warns of chip shortage

Source: Automotive News Europe, 2021-07-30

UK car production rose by nearly a third in the first half of 2021 from last year’s slump but remained down on the five-year average as the sector warned that COVID-19 continues to cause staffing…

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German carmakers partially shut down amid semiconductor shortage

Source: EURACTIV, 2021-07-28

The supply shortage is forcing Daimler to send thousands of employees on short-time work at several locations across Germany, the car manufacturer announced on 27…

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Mercedes cuts production in Germany, Hungary on chip shortages

Source: Automotive News Europe, 2021-07-27

Daimler is reducing Mercedes-Benz production at three plants in Germany and temporarily halting output in its factory in Hungary due to a shortage of semiconductors…

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Skoda will cancel more shifts due to chip shortage, union says

Source: Automotive News Europe, 2021-07-22

Skoda will cancel several shifts ahead of the automaker’s annual general two-week leave, as a lingering shortage of semiconductors blocks production, trade unions said…

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Stellantis CEO Tavares says chip shortage will easily drag into 2022

Source: Automotive News Europe, 2021-07-21

The global semiconductor chip shortage that has hit automakers around the world and constrained vehicle production will easily drag into 2022, Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares said…

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Daimler cuts car-sales outlook on chip shortage

Source: Automotive News Europe, 2021-07-21

Daimler said early-year growth for its main Mercedes-Benz division will be wiped out by the global semiconductor shortage that the automaker expects to put a damper on the second half…

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