The chip crisis will reduce Stellantis’ vehicle production

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A global semiconductor supply crisis could cost Stellantis less production by up to 220,000 vehicles in Italy this year, the FIM CISL union warned, adding that this will mark its fifth year in a row with declining production in Italy. country, Reuters reports.

FIM CISL stated in its regular report on the group’s production in Italy that Stellantis manufactured 351,890 vehicles in the first half of this year, almost 14% less than the same period last year, the key plant in Melfi and the plant in manufacture of Sevel vans being the most affected.

Using data for the first half of the year and potential year-round production based on reserved orders, the union estimates that Stellantis could lose between 200,000 and 220,000 vehicles in 2022, said Ferdinando Uliano, head of the FIM CISL union.

“It’s as if one of the group’s large factories has shut down for a year,” he said, adding that the chip supply situation is not improving this year and will affect production in 2023.

Uliano said factors such as the war in Ukraine and the disruption of Russian gas supplies to Europe would only worsen the supply situation for the auto industry.

A Stellantis spokesman declined to comment on data and forecasts provided by FIM CISL, but reiterated that the automaker has made decisions about managing its day-to-day, factory-to-factory operations since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic.