Several Stellantis assembly plants have faced volume cuts due to global chip shortages, making the automaker the latest victim of a manufacturing disaster.
Several Dodge, Jeep, Ram and Chrysler factories in the United States and Canada will face temporary shutdowns, according to a recent report from overseas Automotive News. The main one is the assembly plant in Sterling Heights, Michigan, which produces the Ram 1500. The plant, with more than 7,000 employees, will be shut down for a week.
Meanwhile, the Belvidere assembly plant in Illinois, which makes the Jeep Cherokee crossover, has been shut down for a week.
The Windsor assembly plant in Ontario, Canada, which produces the Chrysler Pacifica and Voyager minivans, is shutting down at the same time. Both factories will be shut down from August 30 to September 6, 2021.
Also located in Ontario, the Brampton assembly plant joins Windsor and Belvidere, which are temporarily closed this week. Dodge Challenger, Charger and Chrysler 300 are assembled in Brampton.
“Stellantis continues to work closely with our suppliers to mitigate the impacts on manufacturing caused by the various supply chain issues facing our industry,” the group said in a statement.
This is not the first time these factories have faced delayed production schedules due to global chip shortages. A similar downtime had already occurred in July for the execution of the plan in Sterling Heights. The Windsor plant just resumed regular operations in July. Meanwhile, Jeep Toledo South Assembly’s Ohio plant ceased operations in the first week of August, halting production of the Gladiator pickup.
Needless to say, the global chip shortage is taking its toll on the automotive industry as a whole.