Parts shortage results to closure of Opel plants in Spain, Germany this week

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 21, 2011

Car production at General Motors Co.’s Opel plants in Spain and Germany will be suspended this week due to a shortage of parts coming from Japan. Opel spokesman Stefan Weinmann said that on March 21 and half a day on March 25, Opel's factory in Zaragoza, Spain, will be closed. Two shifts at the plant in Eisenach, Germany, on March 21 and March 22, have also been canceled, says Autonews.

These two sites build the Corsa small car, while the Zaragoza factory also assembles the Meriva minivan.

Weinmann said that production lines are being halted because of just one electronic component but he didn’t name which part or what company supplied it. He said that GM aims to resolve the shortage as soon as possible.

Last Friday in Sao Paulo, Brazil, CEO Dan Akerson said that GM is assessing inventories of key components after the disaster in Japan. Supplies of car parts for manufacturers throughout the globe are at risk due to plant closures in Japan after the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis.

Renault said that production will be reduced at its factory in Busan, South Korea, by 15 to 20% after supplies were interrupted. The output of Renault-owned Samsung SM7 is the model that’s mainly affected.

This factory typically produces 20,000 vehicles each month. GM said that in the week of March 21, it will shut down operations at its Shreveport Assembly plant in Louisiana in the U.S. because of a parts shortage.

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