Aug 2021

VW Expects Further Production Delays

The auto industry is facing renewed strains after a recovery in demand stretched supply chains earlier this year, with COVID-19 outbreaks in Asia hitting both chip production and operations at commercial ports.

“We currently expect supply of chips in the third quarter to be very volatile and tight,” VW said in answer to a request for comment by Reuters on Thursday. “We can’t rule out further changes to production.”

The latest production woes follow news that German chipmaker Infineon had been forced to suspend production at one of its plants in Malaysia in June due to a coronavirus outbreak. Infineon CEO Reinhard Ploss said Aug. 3 that the automotive industry faced “acute supply limitations across the entire value chain” and it would take until well into 2022 for supply and demand to be brought back into balance.