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BMW’s Mini hit by chips scarcity | Automotive Business Information
BMW’s Mini will lose three days of manufacturing at its Oxford, England manufacturing facility as a result of pc chip scarcity.
The plant will pause manufacturing on Friday (30 April), over the financial institution vacation (lengthy weekend with Monday a public vacation), in addition to Tuesday and Wednesday, the Guardian reported.
Tata Motors’ Jaguar Land Rover final week mentioned there could be a “restricted interval” of closure at its Halewood (Land Rover Discovery Sport and Vary Rover Evoque) and Fortress Bromwich (Jaguar) websites from final Monday (26 April). Simply final evening, Ford mentioned in a Q1 outcomes assertion it anticipated to lose half its second quarter output to the chips provide crunch.
The UK Mini plant and a BMW metal-stamping plant in Swindon make use of about 4,500 employees making the three-door and five-door hatchback variations plus an electrical model launched in July 2019. The information got here as Mini marked 20 years and 5m vehicles because the BMW mannequin was launched on 26 April 2001, the paper mentioned.
UK automotive output in March was up 46.6% towards COVID hit 2020 when pandemic compelled factories to shut, in accordance with information launched at this time by the UK’s Society of Motor Producers and Merchants (SMMT). Nevertheless, the SMMT identified that the March numbers had been down 22.8% on a five-year March common and the primary quarter complete was down 4.% on final yr. The March efficiency marked one yr because the coronavirus disaster brought about all UK automotive vegetation to be shuttered in mid-March 2020, after solely 78,767 vehicles had left manufacturing facility gates that month.