Renault Group and Stellantis are the latest automakers to suspend production because of a worldwide shortage of crucial semiconductors.
Renault will pause production at one site in France and two in Morocco and Romania next week for several days, a company spokeswoman said on Friday, without giving details of the likely impact on output.
Stellantis, the automotive group that was created in the merger of PSA Group and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, is also feeling the pinch. The semiconductors shortage led it to suspend production at its Eisenach factory in Germany on Friday, where it makes Opel models, and its Zaragoza plant in Spain, which builds the Opel Crossland X and Citroen sibling model C3 Aircross, was also affected, a spokeswoman said.
Analyst firm IHS Markit said the crisis could mean 672,000 lost units of production globally in the first quarter and warned that disruption could extend to the third quarter.
The COVID-19 crisis has driven up demand for chips used in electronics such as laptops and phones and manufacturers are struggling to keep up, with some Chinese suppliers also hit by U.S. sanctions by the former Trump administration.
Source: Automotive News Europe