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The global semiconductor shortage has dealt another huge blow to Stellantis, with the automaker announcing new production issues. Semiconductors are the backbone of today’s automotive industry, controlling electronic features like driver-assist technologies, hybrid-electric systems, and even infotainment connectivity. This time, the shortage is affecting production for several of the company’s most popular vehicles in North America.
According to several United Auto Workers (UAW) local union websites and a report from the Automotive News, several Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep®, and Ram Truck vehicles will be affected by the latest shortage of semiconductor chips.
The biggest of those plants affected is the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant (SHAP) in Michigan, which is the only facility to manufacturer the highly successful Ram 1500 pickup. The news comes as the plant is gearing up for the launch of its 2022 Ram 1500 lineup later this month. SHAP’s 6,700+ hourly employees are temporarily laid off starting yesterday (August 30th) and will return the day after the Labor Day holiday (September 7th).
This isn’t the first time that the SHAP facility has seen downtime recently. SHAP saw idle time for two consecutive weeks in July. One week was for the semiconductor shortage, while the second week was due to scheduled summer downtime.
The SHAP facility joins the Brampton, Belvidere, and Windsor facilities which are all idle due to the chip shortage.
“Stellantis continues to work closely with our suppliers to mitigate the manufacturing impacts caused by the various supply chain issues facing our industry,” responded Stellantis in an official press release about the shutdowns.