No sooner have shareholders decided, with much optimism, to spin off Daimler's truck division into a separate company than reality catches up with them: the chip shortage will continue to slow down truck production in the medium term. "We will definitely deliver less than we could have sold, and that also applies to next year," the head of Daimler Trucks, Martin Daum recently told the press. The top manager could not give more details - only this much: "It is a fight for every chip".
The shortage of materials will also have an impact on the prices of the vehicles built in the future, Daum predicted. Not only semiconductors are hard to come by at the moment, but also other raw materials such as steel and aluminium. Batteries are also extremely expensive: Daimler recently presented the new electric Actross - it is expected to cost three times as much as a comparable diesel-powered model to start with.
Daimler's competitor MAN is not doing much better. The company has just had to announce the reduction of production at its sites in Munich, Nuremberg and Salzgitter - all because not enough chips and transistors are being supplied.
Among the car manufacturers, the chip crisis is currently hitting Stellantis' Opel probably the hardest: the company is closing an entire factory from now until the end of the year; the employees will officially be put on short-time work. Production will resume at the beginning of 2022 "if the supply chains allow it", a company spokesperson announced. The affected factory in Eisenach in the German state of Thuringia produces the Grandland compact SUV. Not affected is a second production line for this model in Socheaux, France.
Ford also stopped the production of its small car Fiesta in Cologne because of missing chips. The production stop is expected to last until the end of October, according to