Porsche has resumed producing its Cayenne sport utility vehicle at its Leipzig site in Germany, after floods in the region forced suspension of the plant’s operations. In a statement, plant head Siegfried Buelow said they are resuming production on June 6, 2013, but disclosed that supply situation “remains critical."
Porsche will determine day-by-day the number of vehicles to be produced. Porsche stopped production on the line, which builds the Cayenne and Panamera models, after high water levels in the Czech Republic disrupted freight train delivery of components sourced from Bratislava, Slovakia.
The floods were caused by unseasonal heavy rainfall, and were considered the worst in central Europe since 2002. Around 15,000 people have been evacuated from their homes in the state of Saxony and thousands more in Saxony-Anhalt and Bavaria.
Rising waters have already hampered modes of transportation using rail, roads and rivers. According Julia Pirlich, a spokeswoman for Porsche, the Leipzig site typically builds 450 cars a day on three shifts.
She added that the production stoppage in the Leipzig site affected several hundred of the plant’s 1,250 workers. Pirlich noted that thanks to Porsche’s flexible production system, they were able to make up for the lost vehicles.