Stellantis halts Italy’s Melfi plant again due to chip shortage -Union

FILE PHOTO: The Stellantis logo can be seen on a company building in Velizy-Villacoublay, near Paris
FILE PHOTO: The Stellantis logo is seen on a company building in Velizy-Villacoublay near Paris, France on February 23, 2022. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes/

March 17, 2022

MILAN (Reuters) – Automaker Stellantis will shut down operations at its Melfi plant in Italy again for seven working days due to semiconductor shortages, a union official said on Thursday.

Operations will be suspended on Saturday and will resume on March 28 due to lack of engine control units due to the lack of chips, said Marco Lomio, local leader of the metalworkers’ union UILM.

“When parts are sent we work, when we don’t receive them we don’t work, that’s the situation,” Lomio said.

A Stellantis spokesman said: “Since the beginning of the crisis, we have been advancing our activities daily, plant by plant … taking into account the different situations we are facing.”

The new shutdown, which will affect all of Melfi’s more than 7,000 workers, follows a similar 10-day halt to production at the plant earlier this month in response to global chip shortages and a protest by truck drivers.

A worsening of microchip supply conditions, triggered by the Russian invasion of Ukraine, has also prompted Stellantis to start operating from April 4th.

(Reporting by Giulio Piovaccari; Editing by Jason Neely) Stellantis halts Italy’s Melfi plant again due to chip shortage -Union

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