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Chip shortage could see production loss of 9.4 million vehicles worldwide by end of 2021

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THE shortage of chips, or semiconductors worldwide, could see a loss in production of an estimated 9.4 million vehicles

According to data from AutoForecast Solutions, due to the ongoing shortage of chips, or semiconductors, the production of approximately 8,215,000 vehicles has already been stopped worldwide, including passenger cars, trucks, buses, and motorcycles, a figure that will rise to 9,436,000 by the end of the year, leaving the automotive industry to restructure their production plans to adapt to this reality.

This global shortage of semiconductors is the result of demand for the components, combined with the drop in production at factories, brought about by the pandemic, an exorbitant demand that not only comes from the automotive industry, but also from mobile phone companies, computers, and electronics in general.

The increase of Covid-19 cases in recent weeks in some of the countries that are involved in the biggest amounts of chip production, such as Malaysia, has caused new closures in semiconductor assembly plants, while in Europe, AutoForecast Solutions claim plants have stopped producing as many as 2,253,000 units, which could easily reach 2,713,000 soon.

In Spain, around 100,000 units have already been lost, in factories such as the Seat plant in Martorell, or those of Stellantis in  Vigo,  Zaragoza, and Madrid, among others, have suffered the consequences of the shortage of chips.

In the North American markets the figure has already reached 2,629,000, and they face a potential loss of 2,934,000 units, and in China, up to 1,615,000 units have been eliminated from the projections, and estimates point to a cut of up to 1,780,000 by the end of the year.

Unofficial sources from Stellantis, the Renault Group, and the Volkswagen Group, explain that the second half of the year is expected to be more complicated than the first in Spain as a result of the chip crisis, and that the plants are facing a break in stocks that will further delay deliveries of the cars ordered, with the same sources warning that a certain normality of production will not recover until mid-2022, as reported by laopiniondemalaga.es.

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Chris King

Chris was born in a small village in Wales, where he ran his own successful construction company for many years, before deciding in 1990, to swap the grey skies and rain for the sunshine and lifestyle of the Costa del Sol. Late last year he made the move to Southern Portugal, and is now residing on the Algarve. Having sung and played in a rock band back in Wales, he still likes to go out and entertain in his spare time, singing in restaurants and golf clubs. Interests are of course music, especially from the 60s and 70s, movies, nice restaurants, and he has a passion for graphic design and online marketing.



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