Volkswagen Shuts Down Wolfsburg

Bertel Schmitt
by Bertel Schmitt
volkswagen shuts down wolfsburg

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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  • Anchke Anchke on Jan 26, 2011

    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.

  • Buickman Buickman on Jan 26, 2011

    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.

  • Fred diesel Fred diesel on Jan 26, 2011

    Nothing cheers Trollhatten & China more.

  • Philosophil Philosophil on Jan 27, 2011

    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?)