Chip shortage leads carmaker Opel to shut German plant until 2022

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FILE PHOTO: The Opel headquarters are pictured as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues in Ruesselsheim, Germany, April 6, 2020. REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski/File Photo

September 30, 2021

BERLIN (Reuters) – Carmaker Opel, which is part of the Stellantis group, said on Thursday it will close one of its plants in Germany until at least the end of the year due to chip shortages.

Production at the Eisenach plant, which makes internal combustion engine and hybrid electric cars, should start again in 2022, although an Opel spokesperson could not specify a date.

Some 1,300 workers employed at the plant will be temporarily laid off, Opel said, with a separate plant in France picking up some of the production.

Stellantis has halted production at other plants, including in Europe and Canada, forecasting that it would make 1.4 million fewer vehicles this year due to the chip shortage.

(Reporting by Victoria Waldersee; Editing by Alexander Smith)