LONDON (AP) – Jaguar Land Rover announced on Thursday that it was shutting down production at two plants in the UK, becoming the latest automaker to suffer from a global shortage of microchips.
“Like other automakers, we are currently experiencing some COVID-19 supply chain disruptions, including global availability of semiconductors,” said a statement from the British luxury car brand. The scarcity “affects our production schedule, our ability to meet the global demand for some of our cars.”
Production will be suspended “for a limited time” from Monday at the Haywood plant near Liverpool and the Castle Bromwich plant near Birmingham in central England, the company said without elaborating. Production will continue at another plant in the central English city of Solihull.
The Halewood plant makes Jaguar XE, XF և F models, and the Castle Bromwich plant makes Land Rover Discover Sport և Range Rover Evoque.
The announcement is the latest to highlight the challenge for the global automotive chip industry, which is building machines that are beginning to resemble computers running on wheels.
General Motors և Ford announced earlier this month that they were forced to cut production at North American plants due to tightening chip supplies. Other boxes, such as the Fiat Chrysler, now Stellantis, Volkswagen, Nissan and Honda, have been hit hard by the shortage of semiconductors.
The aggravating shortage of chips has been on the rise in various markets since last summer. As the coronavirus epidemic broke out in early 2020, chip factories began to shut down, particularly in Asia, where most of the world’s semiconductor manufacturing is based. When they reopened, a large number of orders were being filled.
The shortage of semiconductors deepened last month after a fire broke out at a factory owned by the Japanese Renesas, which is making chips for Toyota, Nissan and Honda.
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