Six Volkswagen plants in Germany have been halted due to a row with suppliers that’s stopped the delivery of key vehicle components.
Car production at Wolfsburg, Emden and Zwikau has been interrupted, affecting production of both the Golf and Passat.
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Engine, transmission, exhaust, chassis and plastic parts production facilities have also been halted due to the argument with suppliers: Volkswagen says a total of 27,700 employees have been affected.
The German giant has thus imposed “flexiblization” flexible working measures with the workforce that includes short-time work.
Ominously, Volkswagen says a resolution with the suppliers who have halted component deliveries may not come any time soon: “Further developments are not foreseeable,” says an official VW statement.
Currently, short-time working arrangements are in place just for August: the firm will reveal later whether this extends to September.
Thus far in 2016, Volkswagen has retained the title of Europe’s best-selling car manufacturer, with the Golf boasting a commanding lead over its rivals. All eyes will be on VW’s industrial relations team to ensure it can maintain this…