Chip shortage: Czech Toyota plant stops production


The Toyota plant in Kolin, Czech Republic, has to temporarily suspend car production due to a lack of chips. The assembly lines will be idle for two weeks from Sunday, a spokesman confirmed on Friday upon request.

Extreme weather has led to delivery bottlenecks at a North American semiconductor supplier, it said. The shortage of electronic chips for cars has recently caused problems for other automakers, including Volkswagen, Renault, Ford and Daimler.

Toyota produces the Toyota Aygo small car in the Czech plant with around 2500 employees. The larger Yaris model will be added later this year. Investments of the equivalent of 150 million euros are planned for this. The Japanese carmaker had completely taken over the factory, which was founded in 2002 as a joint venture with Peugeot and Citroën, at the beginning of the year. Kolin is about 60 kilometers east of Prague.


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