Fiat Chrysler Cars is idling two North American meeting crops, together with its Brampton plant in Canada, till the top of January as a result of ongoing international microchip scarcity.
“We’re working intently with our international provide chain community to handle any manufacturing impression attributable to the worldwide microchip scarcity. Because of this, we now have taken the choice to delay the restart of our Toluca, Mexico plant which builds the Jeep Compass and schedule down time at our Canadian plant in Brampton, Ont., which builds the Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger and Challenger,” FCA Canada spokeswoman LouAnn Gosselin stated in an announcement to Automotive Information Canada.
“This may decrease the impression of the present semiconductor scarcity whereas guaranteeing we preserve manufacturing at our different North American crops.”
The transfer suggests FCA will allocate its microchips to extra essential higher-margin autos, though Gosselin declined to touch upon the technique.
It wasn’t instantly clear precisely when the crops could be idled. FCA is simply the newest to idle some manufacturing as a result of scarcity.
Ford Motor Co. stated it’ll idle its Louisville Meeting Plant subsequent week due to the semiconductor scarcity. Ford Canada stated its manufacturing has not been affected.
The business was already starting to brace for impression as microchip costs rise and provides of semiconductors dwindle.
Automakers in China have been the primary to really feel the pinch partly as a result of the world’s greatest auto market is recovering so quickly from the pandemic — chipmakers merely cannot sustain with its rebound. However as North America and Europe bounce again, they’ve come below strain.
As suppliers and automakers scramble to safe microchips to feed the rising automobile output, automakers may very well be compelled to prioritize manufacturing of sure autos or trim traces on the expense of others.
In a cellphone interview, Gosselin stated the corporate wasn’t going to remark “past our assertion.”
Automotive Information workers contributed to this report.