By on January 26, 2011

Volkswagen workers in Wolfsburg are looking forward to a long weekend. No work on Monday, come back Tuesday. Are people not buying enough cars? Im Gegenteil. They are buying too many. Volkswagen is seriously running out of parts.

The parts shortage is on a large scale, reports Automobilwoche [sub]. Both external suppliers as well as internal parts production can’t keep up. From the smallest part to engines: Shortages everywhere.

A Volkswagen spokesperson confirmed a “stutter in the production pipeline.” Volkswagen had to stop the lines elsewhere before because parts were missing, but closing down all of the monstrous 3000 units per day plant in Wolfsburg because of parts shortages is unprecedented.

Others makers, such as Daimler or BMW, are grappling with strained supply lines, but see no reason to stop work.

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9 Comments on “Volkswagen Shuts Down Wolfsburg...”


  • avatar
    OldandSlow

    Suppliers that may have cut back two years ago may be having difficulty ramping up to meet current demand.
     
    The problem may be contagious. Ford is having supplier issues for the Ford F-150 here in the States and has a furlough scheduled.
     
    http://www.truckblog.com/6797-ford-furloughs-3000-workers-for-a-week
     

    • 0 avatar
      JJ

      VW (and Audi) have been paying out bonusses to all their employees for two years running now…

      If their suppliers did in fact scale down in ’08 they would have had plenty of time to scale up again.

      Lack of commodities?

  • avatar
    twotone

    What, no Pep Boys in Wolfsburg?

  • avatar
    Ducky

    Does VW not use Just in Time lean manufacturing? If it were one or two (re)tardy suppliers I can understand, but shortages across the board?

  • avatar

    Probably, suppliers are fed up with how they have been treated? Probably, they have been looking for other business opportunities and have found them?
    I would not hesitate to screw a customer that has tried to screw me. Think of Lopez et.al. OH NOES, those bad costs! Let’s simply don’t pay the bill…
    Suckers. Serves them right.

  • avatar
    anchke

    OTOH there be those who maintain we’ve entered the age of commodity shortages. So material used to make VW parts is possibly fetching a higher price elsewhere.  (Hmmmm, where, oh, where, might that be?) Read a little Adam Smith. It’s hard to think of a consumer item that requires more commodities in manufacture than automobiles. That’s good when commodities are plentiful and cheap. Scary to contemplate, otherwise.

  • avatar

    the picture reminds me of the old Buick powerhouse at the once massive GM complex in Flint, now not much more than an historical marker. thanks Rick.

  • avatar

    Nothing cheers Trollhatten & China more.

  • avatar
    Philosophil

    I was just reading about how the Chrysler Van plant in Ontario will have to close down for a week because of a parts shortage as well, something to do with the Holidays in China (presumably part of the same festivities that have driven Bertel to Hong Kong?)

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