Monday, 29 March 2021 23:18

Chip Shortage Will Shut 5 Stellantis Plants into April

Written by Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press


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The global chip shortage slamming the auto industry will shut down five Stellantis plants in the U.S., Canada and Mexico for several weeks beginning March 29.

The affected plants produce trucks, SUVs, minivans and high-horsepower sedans, highlighting the broad disruption facing the industry.


The company, formed from the merger earlier this year of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Peugeot-maker PSA Group, confirmed the news March 26.
The unexpected shutdowns will directly affect more than 18,300 workers at the five plants, but also an unknown number of suppliers and their employees. 


Here are the plants and what they produce:


  • Warren Truck, north of Detroit---RAM 1500 Classic pickup
  • Belvidere Assembly in Illinois---Jeep Cherokee SUV
  • Brampton Assembly, northwest of Toronto in Ontario---Chrysler Charger, Challenger and 300 sedans
  • Windsor Assembly, in Ontario but near Detroit---Chrysler Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid minivans
  • Toluca Assembly, west of Mexico City---Jeep Compass


The company, in a statement provided by spokeswoman Jodi Tinson, said it was working to mitigate the situation and that the "unprecedented global microchip shortage" would shut production at the plants through early to mid-April.


"Stellantis continues to work closely with our suppliers to mitigate the manufacturing impacts caused by the various supply chain issues facing our industry," the statement said.


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