Land Rover Defender production halted due to chip shortage

Land Rover Defender production halted due to chip shortage

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A microchip shortage has affected the automotive industry around the world. Land Rover is the latest automaker to face challenges.

According to Autocar, the British automaker has suspended production at its Nitra, Slovakia facility due to a shortage of semiconductors. The plant’s capacity is 150,000 vehicles per year.

A JLR spokesman told the UK newspaper that the company is indeed facing supply chain challenges due to the coronavirus pandemic and the availability of semiconductors. This affected the production schedule resulting in adjustments.

The representative also clarified that the company is working closely with its suppliers to resolve this issue and minimize the impact of customer orders. However, the timing of the resumption of production at the Slovak enterprise is not named. That being said, waiting times for Defender and Discovery are expected to increase as a result of the factory closure.

JLR has been facing production challenges since last year. More than a year ago, the company announced a shortage of Land Rover Defender due to limited production as a result of the pandemic.

Earlier it was also reported about another problem faced by the British automaker. For example, the LAT company, which supplies steel for Jaguar Land Rover cars, may go bankrupt and close “within a few days” if no buyer is found. Last month, it was announced that GFG-owned Liberty Steel would sell several of its UK plants to raise capital, putting about 1,500 jobs at risk.

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is listed as the primary LAT customer. While it is unclear what components it supplies to the automaker, aluminum forms the basis of the body and chassis of many current JLR models.

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